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Taking temperature - Braun Thermoscan Ear?

We received the Braun Thermoscan Ear thermometer as one of our shower gifts. However, at the hospital, they said that you shouldn't use it on newborns? I am bummed. So, is rectal the only way to take at this point? I am so nervous of hurting her! She has been fussy but doesn't seem warm, so I don't have to take it yet.

 

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Re: Taking temperature - Braun Thermoscan Ear?

  • You can take an axillary temp (under the armpit).
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  • Rectal is the most accurate and most doctors will insist on a rectal temp if you call with concerns about a fever.  In newborns, it's extremely important that you know every exact degree of that fever.  What a lot of people do is take the temp by another method (like the ear) and if that comes back at all elevated, follow up with a rectal.  But do know, you won't hurt her.  Just put the tiny metal tip in, no more.  She won't even realize.
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  • dojo1dojo1
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    My hospital said no rectal temps... Risk of injury wasn't worth it to them. 


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    My hospital said no rectal temps... Risk of injury wasn't worth it to them. 

    This is correct, we usually don't recommend people do it for this reason.  

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    You can take an axillary temp (under the armpit).

    If you do under the arm, my pedi says, you need to add one degree as rectal is more accurate... Though I personally am not comfortable with rectal. 

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  • I used under-the-arm until she was big enough for the ear sensor.  There are also skin touch sensors now (although, I think they're expensive if you're only using it until you can use the ear thermometer), and - my least favorite - the "pacifier" thermometer."  The problem with the pacifier one is that it has to stay in the baby's mouth for a longer time than any pacifier has ever stayed inside my baby's mouth.
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