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Rectal = accurate: Though they are the most uncomfortable to obtain, rectal temperatures are actually the most accurate temps you can measure (with oral, tympanic (ear) and axillary (armpit) in decreasing accuracy afterwards) . It is, of course, best to make sure to have an empty rectal vault to ensure accuracy as well.Good luck and be well. ...Read more
Maybe: Rectal temps show core body temp, less likely to be affected by rapid breathing, drinking of liquids and other factors that can affect oral temps. Ear temps in babies closely approximate these and are generally easier to take, but most adults balk at this method. Sometimes used in ICU sedated patients too. More 'accurate' in that they are less easily altered by environmental variables. ...Read more
Probably not too bad: Rectal temperatures are taken with a small probe or thermometer. If you can imagine what a small glass straw will feel like, you get the idea. It's not large enough to cause too much discomfort. It's only in there for about a minute. ...Read more
See included link.: The normal oral temperature in 98.6 degrees farenheit or 37 degrees centigrade. Rectal temperatures. Rectal temperatures are 0.5 (0.3 c) to 1 degree f (0.6 c)higher. Refer to the following link. http://www.webmd.com/parenting/rectal-ear-oral-and-axillary-temperature-comparison. ...Read more
Is a rectal temperature 1° higher than a normal temp? Also what time does the body temperature peek?. Do tod dlers have a higher body temperature?
Core Temperature: A recital temperature is considered a core temperature, or as-good-as-it-gets. So stick with the temperature you see. Also, toddlers typically feel warm, but their body temperature is the same as anyone else. ...Read more
Not if...: If a thermometer is calibrated for rectal temperatures, then the 99 degrees is accurate and no adjustment is needed. If the thermometer is calibrated for oral or axillary temperatures, it might automatically add 1-2 degrees to what it senses, and thus display an incorrectly high reading (because it thinks it is in the mouth or armpit, when in fact you've put it in the rectum). ...Read more
Probably not...: Depends on a number of factors, including your metabolism, activity at the time the "elevated" temperature was recorded, and personal baseline body temperature when optimally "healthy.". ...Read more
No: Not unless it is specified on the manufecturer directions. Though it may not be harmful it may not be accurate ...Read more
Yes...: Typically a temperature of 98 to 99 orally is normal, and rectal temperatures are a little higher. If that is a temperature that you routinely obtain, then it's fine. It may be a tad high but not bad. I'm assuming there is another reason to obtain a rectal temp on an 18 y/o vs an oral temperature, so there may be other complicating issues to consider depending on the disability. ...Read more
My 8 month baby has on and off rectal temperature of 100 F since a week, really worried,he is on teething?
No: but i would follow up it closely ...Read more
About temperatures: 97's, 98's, and 99's are normal temperatures in normal babies. That means those temperatures don't tell you if a baby is normal or not normal. Parents and doctors have to use other signs and symptoms, or the lack thereof, to decide if a baby is normal or not. Look to see if there are other signs. ...Read more
If it's hot outside and an adult is wearing a jacket, is a rectal temperature of 100.2 in the mid afternoon a fever?
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