For newborn infants younger than 3 months, rectal digital thermometers have been acclaimed as the most accurate. The issue here of course is ease of use and discomfort for baby. New studies, however, indicate that the forehead thermometer can be reliably used with newborns.
Are forehead thermometers accurate for babies?
New research shows that forehead temps may also be accurate under 3 months of age. Age 3 months to 4 years old. Rectal or forehead temps are accurate. An ear thermometer can be used after 6 months old.
Can you use infrared forehead thermometer on babies?
These thermometers use an infrared scanner to measure the temperature of the temporal artery in the forehead. This type of thermometer can be used even while a child is asleep.
What should a newborn’s forehead temperature be?
Call your baby’s healthcare provider if a baby’s rectal or forehead temperature is 100.4°F (38°C) or higher. Tell him or her which method you used to take your child’s temperature.
What is normal forehead temperature?
The normal temperature range on the forehead is approximately between 35.4 °C and 37.4 °C.
Where do I take my baby’s temperature with an infrared thermometer?
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Taking a newborn’s temperature with an infrared thermometer placed under the arm is just as reliable as taking a rectal temperature, new research suggests.
Which type of thermometer is best for baby?
Rectal thermometers are the most accurate for infants, according to the AAP. Many parents find axillary thermometers or ear and forehead thermometers easier to use on their children, but for most accurate results, you should ideally follow up with a rectal reading, especially when taking a young baby’s temperature.
Where do you take a baby’s temperature on the forehead?
Taking your baby’s temporal artery temperature
Place the thermometer sensor in the middle of the baby’s forehead. Press and hold the scan button. Slowly move the thermometer across the forehead toward the top of the baby’s ear. Make sure it always touches the skin.
How can I make my baby poop instantly?
Other things to try:
- Gently move your baby’s legs in a cycling motion — this may help stimulate their bowels.
- Gently massage your baby’s tummy.
- A warm bath can help the muscles relax (your baby may do the poo in the bath, so be prepared).