Fever in Infants Taking Temperatures
The temperature should not be measured for at least 20-30 minutes after eating or drinking. You should also wait at least 30 minutes to check the temperature after the infant has had a bath.
Rectal temperatures are the most accurate, and should be the only method used to check temperatures in a newborn or infant. A well lubricated rectal thermometer should be inserted gently into the rectum no more than 1/2 to 1 inch. It should be left for 1 minute, after which time it can be read. Digital thermometers can obtain a reliable reading in a few seconds.
Mothers should not be concerned: rectal temperatures are very safe and are not harmful. Do not use oral thermometers to measure a rectal temperature. Rectal temperatures tend to run about 1 degree F. above oral temperatures. A rectal temperature above 100.4 degrees F. (38 C) represent a fever.
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