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What is the best thermometer to use on my baby?

What is the best thermometer to use on my baby?

Parent dependent: Whatever you feel most comfortable with. You could always ask your pediatrician or simply go online and look at lots and lots of reviews from like-minded parent's. The exergen thermometer has lots of media coverage, but its own set of drawbacks. ...Read more

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My infant won't make a bowl movement unless I stick a thermometer in her rectum and move it around. Is this normal? How do I get her to go on her own?

My infant won't make a bowl movement unless I stick a thermometer in her rectum and move it around. Is this normal? How do I get her to go on her own?

Bowel Movements: She will go on her own when she is ready to go. The biggest mistake we as parents make is thinking our babies have to go everyday. If you keep stimulating her with the thermometer, she will get to the point she will only go when she has that stimulus. So stop doing that. Some babies go multiple times a day, some go everyday, some go once a week. Adults do that too. Be patient. ...Read more

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What's the best type of thermometer to use for a 6 month old?

What's the best type of thermometer to use for a 6 month old?

Digital rectal therm: A simple digital rectal thermometer is advisable in a young infant. Believe it or not, rectal temperatures are very easy to take, in many cases faster, and definitely much more accurate than an oral or axillary temperature. Definitely avoid the ear thermometers at this age as they are notoriously inaccurate. ...Read more

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Where is the best place to take temperature on my 21 month old baby and what thermometer is best?

Where is the best place to take temperature on my 21 month old baby and what thermometer is best?

In the bottom.: Your toddler may not like it, but at this age, a rectal temperature is the most accurate. Digital thermometers are easy to find at the drug store; just make sure that it's a rectal one (they're labeled). Apply some petroleum jelly or KY jelly on the tip before inserting it. ...Read more

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What is the best way to stop teething pain? Is orajel safe to use on babies? I haven't really heard of anything else that can help babies with teething pain. .

What is the best way to stop teething pain? Is orajel safe to use on babies? I haven't really heard of anything else that can help babies with teething pain.


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There : There are small teething rings made to be frozen that you can let you child chew on. Sometimes a clean wash rag will do the trick also. Orajel is generally not recommended for infants because if too much is applied it can be swallowed and cause temporary numbness of the tongue and throat making it difficult for them to swallow. Contact you pediatrician for recommendations on what analgesic you can use. ...Read more

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What is the best birth control to use right before having babies?

What is the best birth control to use right before having babies?

OCP and barriers: All of the barrier methods (condoms and diaphragms) are quickly reversible (just stop using them). Oral contraceptives are also quickly reversible (just stop taking them). You do not need to be off of the pill for 3 months as sometimes suggested. Depo Provera (medroxyprogesterone) is stays in the body longer and may delay the return of normal periods and delay fertility. ...Read more

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What type of thermometer should I use to take my baby's temperature?

What type of thermometer should I use to take my baby's temperature?

Rectal thermometer: It's still the most accurate, especially in children who are too young to cooperate with an oral thermometer. A cheap digital one is best. It's quite safe. It just takes a little getting used to the idea. Ear and forehead thermometers can be notoriously unreliable. ...Read more