Temperature Taking Techniques

Temperature taking techniques that will tell you if a baby's temperature is to high are found in this article. Key information of temperature concerns and how to treat high temperatures.

As parents, we're always concerned when it comes to our child's health. When our children have a temperature we sometimes don't know exactly what to make of the temperature's reading or what it exactly means.

When a child has a temperature it just basically means that the child's body is trying to fight off a sickness. When a child's temperature means something more serious there usually will be other signs such as a stiff neck or the child will be vomiting.

You should never just touch the forehead of a child to decide if the child's temperature is too hot because a low temperature and a high temperature reading will to just your touch feel no different. You should always make sure you use a thermometer. When taking a temperature in newborns to three months old, you should always use a rectal thermometer and for babies over three months old and older you can use such thermometers as a ear thermometer or pacifier thermometer. Using the right type of



thermometer will make sure you get the most accurate temperature reading of your child.

When dealing with the temperature of children you should base the serverity of the temperature reading on how the child is acting because if a child has a higher temperature but is moving around well and not showing any other signs they're probably fine. Sometimes a child who has a low temperature but isn't moving around much or has other symptoms, and should probably see the doctor. Also if the temperature is as high as 106 degrees the child should be taken to a doctor immediately because a temperature this high can make a child go into shock or can end up causing brain damage.

There are a number of ways to help fight a temperature such as making sure you give the child plenty of liquids: a temperature tends to make the child lose water as they

sweat and this causes the risk for dehydration. Also giving your child such products as Pedylite helps with making sure your child doesn't dehydrate. Other ways to keep a temperature down is to keep the child cool and comfortable, give medicine such as ibuprofen to help bring the temperature down and you could also give the child a luke warm sponge bath.

Basically as far as temperature goes in your child's health you will have to look at your child and base the meaning of the temperature on how the child is acting and on any other symptoms the child has.

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