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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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.
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Yes: By touch is totally inaccurate. So yes use a thermometer. ...Read more
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