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You Will Need
- An ear thermometer
- A clean cloth or paper towel
- Disposable probe covers
Read thermometer's instructions
Read the thermometer's instructions and note any special characteristics.
Check ear for wax
Look in the ear that you're planning to check—if there is too much wax in it, it won't be able to get a good reading, and you'll need to try the other ear or use an oral thermometer instead.
Wipe tip of probe
Wipe the tip of the probe with a clean cloth or paper towel, and slip on a disposable probe cover.
Pull ear up and back
Pull the ear up and back to help position the probe.
Insert the thermometer, gently wiggling it into the ear canal. Be careful not to force it or push it in too far.
Turn thermometer on
Press the button to turn the thermometer on.
Remove the thermometer when you hear the beep, which should be within a few seconds.
Read the thermometer. The average normal ear temperature is 99.5 degrees Fahrenheit—if the reading is less than 95 degrees Fahrenheit or more than 103, seek medical assistance.
Throw away probe cover
Remove the probe cover and throw it away.