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Taking A Rectal Temperature
My 1 month old infant has bright orange liquid stools that are foul smelling and can't go without me taking his temperature rectally every 5-6 days.
See Doctor: Some sensitivity to the milk, may need tests on stools and change in milk. ...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
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
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
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