Health Tip: Taking Baby's Temperature03/23/11
(HealthDay News) -- Getting an accurate reading when taking a
wiggling infant's temperature can be a challenge.
The American Academy of Family Physicians suggests how to
determine if your little one has a fever:
- If you have a rectal thermometer, label it so it isn't used
orally by mistake.
- Always wash the thermometer with rubbing alcohol or soap and
warm water, then rinse with cool water before you take your child's
temperature, and again after use.
- If taking your child's temperature orally, don't do so until at
least 20 minutes after the child consumes anything hot or
- Avoid tightly bundling up baby or giving baby a bath just
before taking baby's temperature.
- Don't leave your child unattended when using a
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