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rectal temp taking?

I really can't stand that hospitals and doctor's offices do this! It bugs me cause I don't feel comfortable having it taken and if you take it from the armpit it is one degree off of what they take from rectal. I worry that it is hurting my children whne its done, I have talked to the hospital and offices about changing this cause it seems wrong for it to be taken that way. What do you think?

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Asked by Anonymous at 11:17 AM on Jan. 7, 2011 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • it's the most accurate and if done correctly it shouldn't hurt

    Answer by josiesmommy00 at 11:18 AM on Jan. 7, 2011

  • If the armpit temp is taken its off by one degree. It also isn't mentally damaging ( for myself to see my child checked there) I feel that its wrong and the hospital checks children rectally til there 3 how can you tell your child no one should touch you there when a doctor pokes your bottom with somethign?

    Comment by Anonymous (original poster) at 11:20 AM on Jan. 7, 2011

  • my husband feels the same way my son is 5 months old today and he hates when i say i have to take his temp. so now i am taking his temp either by ear or by armpitif you know how much of a differencethen it is ok i notice my doctors office also checks under the arm had them do rectal so after thinking about that for a while i decided to change how i it saved some arguments .

    Answer by steelermom80410 at 11:39 AM on Jan. 7, 2011

  • In infants, I feel it is the best way to get an accurate temp when they are so fragile to illness. Around 6 months, I use an ear temp. If between 6mo to 1year the temp is extremely high, I might do a rectal. After 1 year, no. If it makes you that uncomfortable, ask them to use another method. My doc always uses the ear, regardless of age.

    Answer by khedy at 11:59 AM on Jan. 7, 2011

  • My daughter has never had her temperature taken rectally; only ear and armpit. You are the parent, and you have the right to say no.

    Answer by rkoloms at 12:27 PM on Jan. 7, 2011

  • i think they do it rectally because it gives them the most accurate reading...but, yeah, if it makes you uncomfortable let your child's doctor know. i am sure they have other methods, but as long as you understand it may not be as accurate...

    Answer by sunnymommy122 at 3:40 PM on Jan. 7, 2011

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