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How can I take a rectal temperature in my baby?

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1. Buy a digital rectal thermometer to use.

2. Place a thick slab of petroleum jelly on the base of the thermometer, the end with the metal bulb.

3. Put your baby on his stomach or hold his legs up near his ears while he's on his back.

4. Stabilize him so he doesn't wiggle too much -- with a hand on his back (if he's on his stomach) or holding his feet firmly (if he's on his back).

5. Insert the thermometer slowly into his anus about 1/2 inch -- just so that the metal bulb is inside.

6. Gently hold the thermometer steady between your index and forefinger.

7. Wait until it beeps and then pull the thermometer out.

From: Taking Your Baby's Temperature WebMD Medical Reference

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"Fever" Powell K. in Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics, 17th edition. Behrman R, Kliegman R and Jenson H (eds.), Saunders: 2004.

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on May 08, 2018

SOURCES: 

"Fever" Powell K. in Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics, 17th edition. Behrman R, Kliegman R and Jenson H (eds.), Saunders: 2004.

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on May 08, 2018

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