Author : Diba Tillery RN, BSN, IBCLC, CPST
- Normal temperature is 97.6°-99.5°F.
- Temperature can be done under the arm with a regular digital thermometer but is often not as accurate.
- Rectal temperatures are the most accurate but can cause injury to the rectum if not taken properly.
- Be sure to lubricate the end of the thermometer with petroleum jelly and insert the tip of the thermometer to no more than 1 inch.
- If you are going to call the pediatrician, be sure to take a rectal temperature prior to calling. If the temperature is greater or equal to 100.4°F and the baby is 3 months of age or less, call your pediatrician.
- Do not use ear thermometers until over 1 year of age.
- Take baby’s temperature if you suspect that baby is ill.
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