Health Tip: Taking Baby's Temperature

Suggestions for using a thermometer

(HealthDay News) -- Getting an accurate reading when taking a wiggling infant's temperature can be a challenge.

The American Academy of Family Physicians suggests how to determine if your little one has a fever:

  • If you have a rectal thermometer, label it so it isn't used orally by mistake.
  • Always wash the thermometer with rubbing alcohol or soap and warm water, then rinse with cool water before you take your child's temperature, and again after use.
  • If taking your child's temperature orally, don't do so until at least 20 minutes after the child consumes anything hot or cold.
  • Avoid tightly bundling up baby or giving baby a bath just before taking baby's temperature.
  • Don't leave your child unattended when using a thermometer.
Diana Kohnle

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