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Most accurate temp Emma's Mama ♥ 1 child; 1077 posts
31st Dec '12

My daughter is 7 months and I checked her temp rectally this morning and it was 100.1 (I checked it bc she was burning up) then after giving her Tylenol it brought it down to 99 something, but I just read that a normal rectal temp is 99.6 and a fever would be considered anything over 100.4? Is it really best to check it rectal?

P3RvYmCp3rv 2 kids; Carlyle, Illinois 11904 posts
31st Dec '12

I've always been told not to do it that way. We have always done it under their arms.

taking a look at life Palm beach gardens, FL, United States 49100 posts
31st Dec '12

Yes my poor daughters mst likely sick of them

Klaus 2 kids; Mississippi 23911 posts
31st Dec '12

I think rectal is the most accurate but it's not always easy or comfortable. We always do DS's under the arm

tooodles 240 kids; Thailand 5075 posts
31st Dec '12

Yep rectal is most accurate.

taking a look at life Palm beach gardens, FL, United States 49100 posts
31st Dec '12

<blockquote><b>Quoting P3RvYmCp3rv:</b>" I've always been told not to do it that way. We have always done it under their arms. "</blockquote>



My pedi always asks for rectal when u call them

Emma's Mama ♥ 1 child; 1077 posts
31st Dec '12

So If her temp goes down to 99 something should I consider the fever gone? I know it says anything above 100.4 is considered a fever but it's obvious she's hot.. Even with it in the 99's

P3RvYmCp3rv 2 kids; Carlyle, Illinois 11904 posts
31st Dec '12
Quoting Click Me Click Me!!!:" <blockquote><b>Quoting P3RvYmCp3rv:</b>" I've always been told not to do it that way. ... [snip!] ... it that way. We have always done it under their arms. "</blockquote> My pedi always asks for rectal when u call them"

Our 3 pedis always told us not to do it that way /shrug.

Emma's Mama ♥ 1 child; 1077 posts
31st Dec '12

I've heard that once the baby is over a certain age it's okay to do it orally instead of rectally every time, but i feel that rectal is gonna be the most accurate and easiest way to do it either way.

heather2470 Due November 22 (girl); Madisonville, Kentucky 163 posts
31st Dec '12

In the emergency room I work at the pediatrician for the hospital and medical standard guidelines have us do a recital temp on anyone hot or complaining of a fever age two and under. Now of course in the come in there for something other than sickness such as hurt arm or something we just do under arm

Kristen Parris 2 kids; Virginia 1938 posts
31st Dec '12

To get the most accurate temperature you should do it rectally, especially with children 2 and under. It isn't a fever until it is 100.4 and up.



The only reason we don't do adult temps rectally is because it is invasive and we are suppose to take the least invasive/easiest route first.