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Do you subtract a degree on rectal temp? Melissa 1 child; Michigan 1411 posts
26th Jan '13

I usually take LO's temperature rectally because I was told that's the most accurate way. She was feeling really warm and has been really crabby all day so I took her temp and it was 99.5. Are you supposed to subtract a degree when you take it rectally? I remember my nurse telling me that in the hospital but when I read the directions on the thermometer I don't remember it saying anything like that and now I can't find them. I'm a little nervous about her having a fever, she doesn't have any other symptoms besides being crabby. She is congested but she's been congested for a long time now since our heat makes the air dry in our apartment. Is there anything I should be doing? Can teething cause a temp? She's chewing on a frozen teether right now. She hasn't ever been sick before so I don't really know what to do lol

Squeaky McGee [12 wks] Due May 7; 2 kids; 3 angel babies; Indiana 65299 posts
26th Jan '13

No. Rectal is supposed to be 'true' temp.

Nut ღ Meg Beverly Hills, CA, United States 40239 posts
26th Jan '13

No, you leave it as it. It's a true temp.

MWifey 3 kids; Longview, Texas 3459 posts
26th Jan '13

99 isnt a fever . especially in kids. i wouldnt worry, and to answer your question.. NO.

1Pink&1Blue 2 kids; Springfield, Ohio 1447 posts
26th Jan '13
Quoting Squeaky McGee [13 wks]:" No. Rectal is supposed to be 'true' temp."


:!: This

peekin3 Racine, Wisconsin 289 posts
26th Jan '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Mel152009:</b>" I usually take LO'congestion Nguyene rectally because I was told that's the most accurate way. She was feeling ... [snip!] ... a temp? She's chewing on a frozen teether right now. She hasn't ever been sick before so I don't really know what to do lol"</blockquote>




You need a cool mist humidifier. That will help with the congestion. If you've let it go this long she's probably got a sinus infection. Didn't your pedi suggest a humidifier?

gigiwesson 3 kids; La Quinta, California 170 posts
26th Jan '13

I was told by my pediatrician that you should take away 1 degree for rectal and add 1 degree for underarm. Even so, 99.5 is a very mild fever if it is. Baby ibuprofen or acetaminophen can be used. Be careful with frozen teethers. It's better to use chilled (refrigerated) teethers because the frozen ones can burn their gums. Teething sure can make a baby cranky! Try to feel for any bumps along the gum line. You can dip a washcloth in water, wring it out, and chill it and the combo of cold and rough texture to chew on sometimes helps!

Jillian Lindsey 2 kids; Mosheim, Tennessee 2354 posts
26th Jan '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Mel152009:</b>" I usually take LO's temperature rectally because I was told that's the most accurate way. She was feeling ... [snip!] ... a temp? She's chewing on a frozen teether right now. She hasn't ever been sick before so I don't really know what to do lol"</blockquote>




No but when its rectal 100.4 is a fever so shes fine just take it again in a bit

Melissa 1 child; Michigan 1411 posts
26th Jan '13
Quoting peekin3:" <blockquote><b>Quoting Mel152009:</b>" I usually take LO'congestion Nguyene rectally ... [snip!] ... the congestion. If you've let it go this long she's probably got a sinus infection. Didn't your pedi suggest a humidifier?"

let it go? I haven't "let it go this long". We do have a humidifer, and we use saline drops and nose bulb. The heater still makes the air super dry in other areas of the house. Her congestion isn't severe, she sounds a little stuffed sometimes.

Melissa 1 child; Michigan 1411 posts
26th Jan '13
Quoting gigiwesson:" I was told by my pediatrician that you should take away 1 degree for rectal and add 1 degree for underarm. ... [snip!] ... can dip a washcloth in water, wring it out, and chill it and the combo of cold and rough texture to chew on sometimes helps!"

Yep, the rag really helps. She has been VERY cranky for the last two days and drooling like crazy.

Melissa 1 child; Michigan 1411 posts
26th Jan '13
Quoting Squeaky McGee [13 wks]:" No. Rectal is supposed to be 'true' temp."

Ok, thanks!