Now is a good time to make sure you have a basic thermometer that you know how to use. Read more from the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Everyone has a temperature. Not everyone has a fever.
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, 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 baby or toddler’s temperature, see my Baby Center video here.
For tips on taking your older child’s temperature, see my Baby Center Video here.