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baby's temp at 100.6 orally, 99.9 armpit..do I need to do this rectal to get accurate result?

she is 4 months and has symptoms of a cold. runny nose, cough, irratable.

 
MamaChamp

Asked by MamaChamp at 11:24 AM on Feb. 3, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • I wouldnt give her anything but love...a fever is there for a reason and 100 is not high at all.

    If she isnt acting herself or out of character thats the time to take her to the doctor. Her body knows what it needs to do - don't disrupt it with drugs.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:49 AM on Feb. 3, 2009

  • Rectal is most accurate but they usually told me to do the armpit or in the ear. There's really not much they will tell you. Usually just alternating tylenol/motrin and if the temp consists for more than 2 or 3 days that's when you take her/him in to a dr. Or if the temp hits closer to 102.
    watersgirls

    Answer by watersgirls at 11:28 AM on Feb. 3, 2009

  • rectal is always the most accurate @ 4 mths....harder on you then for her...i promise
    ccmj

    Answer by ccmj at 11:30 AM on Feb. 3, 2009

  • When you take the temp under the arm you add a degree. If it says 99.9 it's really 100.9. Looks like both ways are telling you pretty much the same.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:31 AM on Feb. 3, 2009

  • rectal is most accurate for babies
    MeNMy2Kids

    Answer by MeNMy2Kids at 11:34 AM on Feb. 3, 2009

  • Rectal for this age. Beleive it or not they dont really consider that a high fever. Your baby probably has the common cold and it has to run its course. Since your baby is only 4 months all you can give is Tylenol. Motrin you cannot give until they are at least 6 months.
    Scoobersmom

    Answer by Scoobersmom at 11:35 AM on Feb. 3, 2009

  • okay thanks ladies...1st baby, 1st fever! how scary!
    MamaChamp

    Answer by MamaChamp at 11:36 AM on Feb. 3, 2009

  • While rectal is the most accurate because it gives you the core body temperature, if your baby is over 3 mos. you can also use an armpit reading. When temp. is taken uder the armpit though you need to remember to add one degree. Just be sure if you call the dr. you let them know where the temperature was taken and if you already added a degree or not. Infant Tylenol can be given up to every 4 hrs. to help reduce the fever.
    princesspalace

    Answer by princesspalace at 12:10 PM on Feb. 3, 2009