The Saudi Food and Drug Authority has published some tips and recommendations regarding the best ways and means to measure the temperature of children according to their age.

During these recommendations, she indicated the places to measure the optimal body temperature, which came as follows:

  • Rectal: The body temperature is measured through the rectum for newborns up to five years of age, and if it is more than 38 degrees Celsius.
  • Underarm: The area under the armpit is used to measure the body temperature of newborn children up to more than five years old, and the body temperature is high if it is more than 37.3 degrees Celsius.
  • Ear: Using the ear to measure the temperature is for children aged two to more than five years, and the temperature is high if it is more than 38 degrees Celsius.
  • Mouth: This area is effective in measuring the temperature of children over the age of five, and the body temperature is high if it is more than 37.5 degrees Celsius.

The Saudi Food and Drug Authority advised that you should wait about half an hour before measuring your body temperature if you do the following:

  • agitation
  • when eating
  • After taking medication
  • or hot
  • exercise
  • Drink hot or cold drinks.