When should I take my baby’s temperature rectally?

Do you add a degree when taking a baby’s temperature rectally?

The rectal temperature reading is accurate. There is no need to add or subtract a degree. Keep a log of their temperatures, times and if any medicine is given to provide to their pediatrician should seeing them become necessary.

How do you position a baby’s temperature rectally?

Taking the baby’s rectal temperature

  1. Place the baby across your lap or changing table, on his or her belly, facing down. …
  2. Using your other hand, gently insert the lubricated bulb end of the thermometer one-half to one inch, or just past the anal sphincter muscle.

What is normal temp for a baby?

A baby’s normal temperature can range from about 97 to 100.3 degrees Fahrenheit. Most doctors consider a rectal temperature of 100.4 F or higher as a fever.

Is armpit temperature accurate for babies?

Using underarm temperature is a safe and effective way to monitor body temperature, especially in younger children. However, it isn’t the most accurate method. So if you suspect a fever in a young child, it’s best to confirm their body temperature using a rectal or ear thermometer.

What is the most accurate way to take a baby’s temperature?

rectal (in the bottom) — most accurate method for children under 3 years old. oral (in the mouth) — best for kids 4–5 years or older who can cooperate. axillary (under the arm) — the least accurate digital thermometer, but good for a first check.

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Is 99.7 a fever in infants?

With babies and children older than 6 months, you may need to call if the temperature is greater than 103, but more than likely, associated symptoms will prompt a call. A rectal temperature between 99 and 100 degrees is a low-grade fever, and usually does not need a doctor’s care.

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