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Does my newborn have a fever?

Posted by on Jun. 13, 2010 at 1:56 AM
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She is 3 weeks old and feeling pretty warm today. Her under the arm reading was 98.5. Today was really hot where we live and we have NO ac...

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adri_nevarez
by on Jun. 13, 2010 at 1:57 AM
I don't think so, but when in doubt use the rectal thermometer.
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mommyajay
by on Jun. 13, 2010 at 1:58 AM

 sounds like she is a LITTLE warm. id give her a cool-ish bath. let her hang out in a onesie with a light blanket.   remember add a degree to  the underarm

jojosmama1228
by on Jun. 13, 2010 at 2:02 AM

 i'd make sure there was air circulation in the house, open winows and run fans.

abstractmommy
by Ruby Member on Jun. 13, 2010 at 2:03 AM
That's actually pretty low-normal for underarm reading. Try rectal.
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frndlyfn
by Emerald Member on Jun. 13, 2010 at 2:14 AM

That sounds low actually, not a fever.....  A fever is 100 degrees or higher for a newborn.  Normal body temp is about 98.6.

Bexibear
by on Jun. 13, 2010 at 3:01 PM

I was told NOT to use a rectal thermometer on a newborn cuz it could cause damage.

Bexibear
by on Jun. 13, 2010 at 3:04 PM

And usually you ADD one t to under the arm which would make it 99.5

alotta_fagina
by on Jun. 13, 2010 at 3:04 PM


Quoting Bexibear:

I was told NOT to use a rectal thermometer on a newborn cuz it could cause damage.

Itcould cause damage if done incorrectly. you only insert the very tip.

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briakiss
by on Jun. 13, 2010 at 3:05 PM
Your supposed to add a degree under the arm. Anything over 100.1 is fever.
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adri_nevarez
by on Jun. 13, 2010 at 3:43 PM

you insert the very tip.  they even have some thermometers with a rectal guide.  that is sad that drs (or whoever told you not to use one) are not standing for rectal readings as that is the only way to measure the core temperature.  oral and tempanic can be affected by enviornmental factors (eating, drinking, too hot outside, etc)

Quoting Bexibear:

I was told NOT to use a rectal thermometer on a newborn cuz it could cause damage.


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