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Choosing The Best Baby Thermometer

by Katlyn Joy | September 5, 2011 9:04 AM
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Choosing The Best Baby Thermometer

Part of the essentials you need for baby's first aid and health care needs is a thermometer. However, it's not as simple as when your folks needed to take your temperature. Then there was one choice; a simple mercury thermometer. Now there are a number of options for checking to see if your baby has a fever.

How to Take an Infant's Temperature

To take the temp rectally wash in warm, not hot, soapy water and rinse clean and pat dry prior to use. Ensure a rectal thermometer is used exclusively as a rectal thermometer. Apply petroleum jelly to the tip of the thermometer then place baby belly down across your lap. Insert the thermometer about a half inch into the rectum and hold still until the digital thermometer beeps. Stop insertion however whenever you feel any resistance.

To take the temp orally wash as directed above prior to use, and make sure baby hasn't eaten or had anything to drink in the last 20 minutes. Place the tip of the thermometer under the child's tongue and if the child is old enough to follow instructions tell him to close his mouth around the thermometer, but not bite down. Again, wait for the beep and hold the thermometer still until then.

Fever and What it Means

Between the ages of 3 months and 3 years a temperature of 99 to 100.2 or below is considered a low-grade fever. If the child isn't too affected you may want to avoid giving any fever-reducing medicine. The fever is the body's way of fighting infection.

According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, If your child is fussy and not feeling well, you may give acetaminophen or ibuprofen dosed for infants or children. You should never give a child aspirin. For temperatures over 100.2 you definitely should consider fever reducing medication.

Call the Doctor If...

Symptoms to Watch for with Fever

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Guest May 22, 2017 01:05:48 AM ET

Baby's first thermometer, go with an inexpensive digital model. look for an lcd display that's easy to read and a start button that's easy to press. but don't be swayed by digital thermometers that claim to take a reading in an instant. a reading in 20 to 60 seconds is quick enough.

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