how do i take her temp?

United States
November 13, 2007 7:54am CST
im about to have a baby and i was wondering, how should i take her temp, if she begins to feel hot. ive never done it before, so if someone could explain how to go about doing it the right way i would appreciate it very much. thank you.
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@lilybug (21148)
• United States
13 Nov 07
When both my kids were really little I took their temperatures rectally. I was given an ear thermometer when my son was born, but I could never get an accurate reading with it. The doctors office has this really cool thermometer that you just run over the baby's forehead to get a temp. It is pretty expensive though I am sure. To me, on a baby rectally is best for being most accurate.. I have a digital thermometer with a flexible tip. It also came with little plastic covers. I put a cover on it, and some Vaseline to make it slid in easily. Lay the baby on its side and insert slowly. My thermometer reads in 6 seconds, so it is over with fairly quickly.
• Netherlands
18 Nov 07
yes this is the best way! but my girls hate it! i don't have to use it often because my daughters are very strong and healthy! i have a normal one who need a minute so it is a little bit a fight!
• United States
9 Dec 07
You should talk to a pediatrician about the best way to do it. They also have a book out called "what to expect the first year." Its an excellent book and im pretty sure its wrote by doctors. It has information on all the differents kinds of therometers and which kind is best to use in babies. It also has many others kinds of information that you would definitely use. Good luck with the new baby.=)
@Gemmygirl1 (2870)
• Australia
19 Nov 07
My midwife told me NOT to get one, she said the mothers she knows of that have them, check constantly & then if they're elevated even slightly, it causes the parents to freak out & jump to conclusions. You shouldn't worry about anything, unless your child feels REALLY hot & their temperature hasn't gone down after some panadol (tylenol or whatever you use). Then you take them to see a Dr. I'd agree with the midwife, don't bother with one at all or every time their temperature moves, even slightly, it will cause you to panic & more often than not, probably for no reason. Good Luck!
@shakeroo (3990)
• Malaysia
13 Nov 07
The best way is to buy an ear thermometer where you can just point that into her ear and within seconds you would get a reading. However, this gadget can be a bit expensive. The other option, which my wife and I are using, is the digital thermometer. It is very affordable. look for the one with flexible tip so that if your baby wriggle, you could still put the tip in place. However, with babies, thermometer alone is not sufficient. you need to feel the baby and check whether she is hotter than usual or not. if you think she is too hot (this would be based on experience) you need to get her to the doctor or if you already have been prescribed with some paracetamol by your doctor, just give some to the baby to cool her down and to comfort her. By the way, this is based on our experience only. we suggest that you consult your paediatrician to get better understanding on how to manage a baby. We had many trips to the doctor when we have our first baby during the first 2 months in order to make sure that we have all the information that we need. All the best to you and the baby!
@cher913 (25890)
• Canada
13 Nov 07
they used to have these thermometer strips that you could just press on the baby's forhead. that is the best way and you can still get a true reading of what the temp is.