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How do I take a rectal temperature?

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Dr. James Rex
Surgery - Colorectal
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Don't

An armpit temp is just and good and not fraught with the possibility of hurting something.

In brief: Don't

An armpit temp is just and good and not fraught with the possibility of hurting something.
Dr. James Rex
Dr. James Rex
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Dr. Michael Amster
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Just go for it!

Actually very easy.
Get a basic $10 rectal thermometer, place a small amount of petroleum jelly on the end, lay the baby on his back, lift the legs, hit the button, and insert the thermometer about 3-4 mm, or until the silver part disappears. Wait for the beep and get the reading. Make sure a diaper is nearby, they poop afterwards!

In brief: Just go for it!

Actually very easy.
Get a basic $10 rectal thermometer, place a small amount of petroleum jelly on the end, lay the baby on his back, lift the legs, hit the button, and insert the thermometer about 3-4 mm, or until the silver part disappears. Wait for the beep and get the reading. Make sure a diaper is nearby, they poop afterwards!
Dr. Michael Amster
Dr. Michael Amster
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