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Table 3 Comparison of the mean rectal and tympanic temperatures in the afebrile children.

From: Fever detection in under 5 children in a tertiary health facility using the infrared tympanic thermometer in the oral mode

Age group (Months) n Rectal temp Mean (SD)(°C) Tymp temp Mean (SD)(°C) Recto-Tympanic mean diff (SD)(°C) t p
< 1 45 37.2 (0.2) 36.9 (0.4) 0.27 (0.29) 4.334 0.000
1 - 11 114 37.5 (0.3) 36.8 (0.4) 0.72 (0.34) 15.046 0.000
12 - 23 84 37.5 (0.3) 36.9 (0.4) 0.56 (0.36) 9.814 0.000
24 - 35 60 37.5 (0.4) 37.1 (0.4) 0.40 (0.33) 5.950 0.000
36 - 47 55 37.4 (0.4) 37.2 (0.5) 0.23 (0.39) 2.888 0.005
48 - 59 42 37.4 (0.4) 37.1 (0.5) 0.26 (0.32) 2.867 0.005
0 - 59 400 37.4 (0.3) 37.0 (0.4) 0.47 (0.39) 17.099 0.000