Taking your child’s temperature helps you and the pediatrician make decisions about your child’s condition and recommended treatment.
A rectal temperature is recommended for children under 2 months of age.
There are many inexpensive digital thermometers to chose from. These are sold as oral and rectal.
Ear and forehead (temporal artery and infrared) thermometers are more appropriate for children over one year of age. Doctors don’t recommend temperature strips or pacifier thermometers.
For tips on taking your child’s temperature, see my Baby Center videos here.
For more information on the new infrared thermometers, see the article I contributed to in the Wall Street here