Because a glass thermometer can break if a child bites down on it, this method is not recommended for children younger than 5 years old. Some digital thermometers give a series of short beeps when the reading is done. If your child is 1 month old up to 5 years old, check his rectal temperature if you think he has a fever. The round bulb of the thermometer stops it from damaging anything. To assess the mucous membranes, gentle separation of the vulvar lips using both hands is preferred. The same thermometer can be used to take both rectal and oral temperatures. I do the Kegel and I end up popping the darn thermometer out.
I would lube up the thermometer, gently guide it in and avoid being kicked! Don't force it into the rectum. Your child can be seriously injured by a rectal thermometer if you leave him alone. A high fever does not necessarily indicate a more serious infection. With your other hand, hold the thermometer firmly between your fingers and place your palm on the buttocks. Journal List Paediatr Child Health v.
Remove the thermometer and read it. Temperatures range from Some children run high fevers with only minor infections. There are four ways you can take a temperature. Dress your child lightly. Don't give your child hot or cold liquids 30 minutes before taking his or her temperature by mouth. Place the child facedown on your lap or on a flat covered or padded surface, such as a bed.
Oral or eardrum temperatures are also accurate if done properly. This is playing Russian roulette just as much as would be running blindfold across a busy road. This material is provided for educational purposes only and is not intended for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. I would lube up the thermometer, gently guide it in and avoid being kicked! Do this for 4 or 5 minutes or until your digital thermometer beeps. Have your child hold it in place with the lips and fingers not the teeth and breath through the nose, keeping the mouth closed.