My Childs Temperature

Parents can now purchase a thermometer that takes a temperature reading in seconds via the ear called a Tympanic thermometer but if you're not one of the lucky ones then read on!

First, it's important for you to know what is considered normal for body temperature. A normal temperature reading ranges between 36,4 °C and 37,6 °C.
Axillary Temperature Reading
Method one involves placing the thermometer under baby's armpit and holding his/her arm down flat against his/her side. It is one of the most common methods of reading your child's temperature and it is called the axillary method. In most cases, axillary readings are accurate however, did you know that if your baby has had a prolonged bout of crying it can give a false high when taking a temperature? So try to calm your baby down first. Keep the thermometer in place for three minutes.
Temperature Strips
Another option is the temperature strip which looks like a large plastic plaster and changes colour depending on the temperature of the baby's forehead. Sit baby on your lap and position the strip in the middle of their forehead. Hold it in place at either end of the strip for one minute.
Safe Toys
The top three child safety hazards are small objects or toys that can be swallowed, sharp objects that can poke and pierce the skin and fragile objects that can break, turning into sharp, smaller pieces.
WhenTo Call The Doctor
A raised temperature does not always indicate that your baby is sick but if your baby is running a temperature above 38 °C and has any of the following conditions/problems, you should visit the doctor:
  • Your baby is less than three months old
  • Your baby is unusually drowsy or lethargic
  • Your baby isn't feeding/eating
  • Your baby is vomiting or has diarrhoea
  • Your baby is crying or moaning for no apparent reason

Your doctor may not recommend medication to lower a temperature until it reaches 38 °C however if your baby is in pain then paracetamol can be administered. Never give your baby aspirin and remember to maintain your baby's hydration.
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