Dr Luisa Dillner's guide to . . . taking your temperature

✤ The normal temperature when you put a thermometer in your mouth is 37°C but this is an average and some people have temperatures slightly lower or higher. A temperature of 38°C is a bona fide fever. Check it again in 20 minutes.

✤ Mercury thermometers are being phased out (kids keep biting them). Read the instructions that come with digital thermometers. Some say put in the mouth for one minute, others longer. Stick it under your tongue.

✤ If you stick the thermometer in an armpit you need to add 0.5°C, because your mouth temperature is higher. Avoid hot or cold drinks for 10 minutes before taking your temperature.

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