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How Do I Take A Rectal Temperature
No: Not unless it is specified on the manufecturer directions. Though it may not be harmful it may not be accurate ...Read more
How low a temperature reading would require seeing a doctor for a 5yo? If we typically take axil., would we retake oral/rectal before deciding?
Rely on his behavior: Except if you've been hiking in winter, a low body temp would only be serious if he were showing signs of shock (whether due to infection, bleeding or other causes). That would mean pale skin, blue lips, drowsiness, & maybe rapid breathing. It's the scary symptoms & not the temp that would send you to the emergency room! ...Read more
Rectal thermometer: Lubricate the tip if the thermometer with petroleum jelly. Turn it on if it is digital and insert it into her anal opening about an inch. It should cover the mercury or end. Keep the thermometer in place until it beeps or for at least 2 minutes. Fever is temperature 100.4 degrees fahrenheit. ...Read more
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