Digital Thermometer

Digital Thermometer

Digital Thermometer

How to take a baby’s rectal temperature using a digital thermometer

Always use a digital thermometer, mercury thermometer are not recommended anymore.

  1. Clean the end of the thermometer with rubbing alcohol or soap and water. Use cool water, do not rinse with hot water.
  2. Apply petroleum jelly to the tip of a digital thermometer
  3. Lay your baby on his back, and lift his legs up like you are going to change his diaper.
  4. Gently slide the thermometer about ½ inch into the rectum, hold in place for about 2-3 minutes or until the thermometer signals that it’s done.

Important Tip- Try to distract your baby during this time, it may seem like a lifetime, but just keep them busy and they won’t notice. When taking a rectal temperature, you stimulate the rectum and might cause a bowel movement. Just be prepared (i.e. have towels or an extra diaper on hand)!!

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