(StatePoint) If your child is feverish, monitoring his or her temperature accurately can help you know what to expect.
Here are some important things to know about your child’s fever :
• Don’t guess by touch -- get a more accurate temperature reading with a quality thermometer. There are several ways to take a temperature, from the ear and mouth to the underarm and forehead.
• Rectal temperature taking is recommended for infants, while oral thermometers are good for kids who are at least 4 years old who can easily hold the thermometer in their mouths.
• It’s important to keep children home from school, play dates and other activities for at least 24 hours after their fevers break.
• New non-invasive thermometers now can take readings in seconds by gently swiping a child’s forehead or by using an ear thermometer with a pre-warmed tip to minimize cooling when inserted.
• Thermometers with memory recall functions can help parents share results with pediatricians.
More tips for dealing with fever symptoms can be found at BraunThermometers.com . Parents can also visit ColdandFluShop.com  for products and information to help their families navigate cold and flu season.
To get a handle on your child’s fever, be sure you’re getting accurate information. Take readings early and often.