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3.15.1E:2 3.15.1P:2 THERMOMETER Fact Sheet Reading a Regular Thermometer A picture of an actual thermometer is shown below. When reading a thermometer, each line means two-tenths of a degree, so you need to count by two's. For example, in the drawing below, the arrow is pointing to a temperature of 98.6º. This is the body's normal body temperature.

Oral Thermometer How to Clean a Thermometer Watch as the instructor shows you how to clean a thermometer. The important points to remember are: 1. Always clean the thermometer before and after using it and replace the thermometer sleeve. Clean it with cool water and soap, then rinse. This is not needed for digital thermometers. Stand the thermometer in "rubbing alcohol" for 10 minutes, then rinse. Change thermometer sleeves for digital thermometers. Dry the thermometer and place it in its case.

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3.15.1E:2 3.15.1P:2 How to Use a Thermometer (cont.) Watch as the instructor shows you how to use a thermometer. The important points to remember are: 1. Before taking the temperature, make sure that the thermometer reads 96o F or below. If you need to, shake the thermometer to get the mercury below 96o F. Put the bulb of the thermometer under the person's tongue and leave it there at least three minutes. (Never put a thermometer in a child's mouth. The child may bite and break the thermometer.) Digital Thermometers are a better option for children because the temperature can be taken by placing the thermometer under the armpit. Read the thermometer to see what the person's temperature is. If a person has been eating or drinking hot or cold liquids, wait at least 10 minutes before you take his or her temperature.

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Digital Thermometers How to Use a Digital Thermometer Watch as the instructor shows you how to us a digital thermometer. The important points to remember are: 1. Depending on the type of digital thermometer, it may have to be turned on by pressing a small button. 2. A digital thermometer may be used orally or placed under the armpit. 3. Depending on the type of digital thermometer, most will read at 0 when it is turned on, once placed in mouth or under armpit, the temperature will rise until it reaches the person's temperature. 4. Most digital thermometers will beep when the person's temperature is reached.

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3.15.1E:2 3.15.1P:2 READING A THERMOMETER Worksheet (Student Workbook) Name Date

The normal temperature of a healthy person is 98.6o F (Fahrenheit). The thermometer below reads 98.6o F.

A healthy person can have a temperature that is as low as 97.6o F or as high as 99.6o F. That is why a doctor is not too concerned if a person's temperature is between 97.6o F and 99.6o F. Find 97.6o F and 99.6o F on the thermometer below, and mark them with an arrow.

Below are three thermometers. What is the temperature reading of each? Temperature Reading

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Which person has a fever? Put an "X" in front of your answer. A B C

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3.15.1E:2 3.15.1P:2 QUESTIONS ABOUT FEVER Home Worksheet

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Directions: Ask one of your parents or another family member the following questions, and write their answers in the space provided.

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Have I ever had a fever?

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What was my temperature?

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Did you call a doctor?

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What was wrong with me?

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Did you do anything special to treat the fever?

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