Anal being the best method to take a temperature using a rectal thermometer.
With flu season upon us, Dr. Steve Pray, a professor of nonprescription drugs and devices College of Pharmacy at Southwestern Oklahoma State University says rectal thermometers give more accurate readings because theyre not affected by the air, sweating or skin as much as under-the-tongue and under- the-arm thermometers.
As Dr. Pray explains, thats not to say non-rectal thermometers arent good indicators of temperature, he says the rump-ometers just give a better measurement of the bodys core temperature.
But when it comes to children, he says parents may find ear thermometers are more convenient with squirming kids because they give a reading in one second.
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