FTM here and....my 4 1/2 month old is really sick....how do i take rectal temperaure??
i have the thermometer, thermometer covers, and vaseline....now what do i do?? im scared because i dont want to hurt her
When I took the rectal temperature I had her lying on her back. She didn't seem to mind but did poop all over me. I was told ear thermometers are not ok at first as they can damage the ear or something, but I'm not sure for how long...
Anyway... so you put the cover on the thermometer, then put vasiline or some such on the cover, then put it in her rectum so that the entire probe is in (the silver part), perhaps even a little more. I found it was important to be sure it's in there (I almost did half an inch or so) because otherwise I was getting readings all over the place.
My OH took my LO's rectal temperature once and the nurse reamed us out, apparently it is now strongly discouraged for parents to do this at home as some babies have been injured I would recommend not to do it unless you were 100% confident on how to do it properly. Hope your girl gets better soon
I really wouldn't. It's too risky that you puncture something up there. Forehead, underarm, oral and ear thermometers are fine for home use.
It sounds from your other posts that your LO just has a cold. Keep offering plenty of fluids and keep her as comfortable as possible. Give calpol if she seems to be in pain or very uncomfortable. Maybe get her out for a walk, fresh air can help clear a stuffy head. And try and get her as much rest as possible. You can always take her into the bathroom while the shower is running and let the steam clear her nose too
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