According to MedlinePlus.com when your baby has a low body temperature, may have a serious infection, and when your baby is experiencing a fever he might need a call immediately to the doctor. In addition, it is important to know the type of the most accurate thermometer to determine the temperature of a baby to ensure that your baby has a normal temperature. Parents should know this.
Types of Thermometer
Today, parents have some choice between the thermometers on the market. According to the Mayo Clinic, an old style mercury glass thermometer is not recommended for infants, so you should avoid it, because if it breaks the glass, mercury vapor is released into the air, according to the Mayo Clinic. New options include the forehead and ear thermometer, thermometer digital thermometer dot, designed for rectal and the use of oral, or armpit.
Taking a baby’s Temperature
The Mayo Clinic advises that the most accurate way to measure the baby’s temperature is to use a digital thermometer rectal or oral. Because the rectal temperature provides the best results for the baby. How to use this? The first action was to put your baby on her back and lifted her legs. And then lubricate the tip of a digital rectal thermometer and insert 1/2 to 1 inch into her anus, this way is suitable for babies under 3 months. Hold in place until the thermometer beeps or signal that it is done, then remove it gently and check the screen.
A newborn to 3 months have normal body temperature of about 97-100,4 degrees Fahrenheit, 36 to 38 degrees Celsius, as stated by the American Academy of Pediatrics. When the temperature of both higher and lower than this range is cause for concern.
A baby of 3 months or younger is considered to have a fever, when the temperature of the body reaches 100,4 degrees Fahrenheit or 37 degrees Celsius, or higher. With older children, parents are advised to check the behavior of a sick baby before contacting a doctor. If they are playing and eating well, he may not require medical attention immediately. But for the baby zero to three months, according to the Baby center you should contact a doctor immediately if the heat because he could have the disease.