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Old 05-18-2004, 10:40 PM   #1
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taking baby temperature

Someone please tell me if this is right. I've been told several different things. When taking ear temperature you add a degree? rectal you subtract a degree, and arm pit is always what it says? I thought taking a rectal temp. was always the same and you don't have to add or subtract. I've been told that the arm pit was the most accurate, but I always heard that it was the rectal that was most accurate. Help???

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Old 05-18-2004, 11:33 PM   #2
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Re: taking baby temperature

I have a hard time remembering these as well but I's rectal is always right and under the arm add a degree. I don't know anything about the ear though and I think the rectal temp is the most accurate. I don't do anything but rectal because Austin won't stay still long enough for me to do under his arm.

Old 05-18-2004, 11:40 PM   #3
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Re: taking baby temperature

Ok, here goes. Oral is always what it says it is, Rectal you subtract a degree, Armpit you add a degree. Rectal is considered the most accurate, Armpit the least. Rectal thermometers are red tipped and the bulb is longer. Oral thermometers are blue tipped with a rounder bulb. Oral should never be taken within 5 minutes of drinking anything, Rectal should never be taken when there is constipation or diahrrea. I dont trust ear thermometers at all because I have never seen one give an accurate temperature. HTH
Mindy (Type 1 Dx'd 11/94..Insulin Pump)

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Old 05-19-2004, 04:22 AM   #4
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Re: taking baby temperature

I agree about the ear thermometers..I don't trust their readings either. Just my opinion though.

Old 05-20-2004, 08:49 PM   #5
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Re: taking baby temperature


I always take my son's temp under his armpit. The best advice I can give is to take a "base temperature" when your child is feeling well using whichever method you're comfortable with. That way you'll know what their temp should be.

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