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What is the importance of taking my baby's temperature rectally?

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The goal of taking a temperature is to assess how warm it is inside of the body. This means that the most accurate measurement will be one taken inside the body, which means rectally. This is a critical point. Since any infection in the newborn period is so serious, a rectal temperature must be taken in newborns to provide the most accurate measurement (after the first few months, the risk of a serious infection lessens, and temperatures may be taken on the skin).

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

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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

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