Trying to wrestle a cranky fevered baby for a temperature reading can be like trying to wash a cat in a bathtub.
Trying to wrestle a cranky fevered baby for a temperature reading can be like trying to wash a cat in a bathtub. But when baby's feeling hot and bothered, it's time to pull out the thermometer and gauge the tot's temperature. Easier said than done, there are some simple steps mama can take to get the job done without screaming and crying.
Infants three-months-old and younger: Children 90-days-old and younger should be carefully watched for fever. To get the most accurate and easiest read, most prefer the rectal route.
- Rectal: It is often easiest to take a newborn's temperature using a digital rectal thermometer. To ease the pain, parents can lay the child on a changing table as if changing a diaper. Dab a bit of Vaseline on the tip and lift the legs as if applying diaper cream. Insert the thermometer and wait for the beeping when the degree is revealed.
- If the number is 100.4°F (38°C) or above, the doctor should be notified.
To see how to deal with older babes, read more