Let’s face it, as parents of young children, we do our utmost to ensure that we keep them healthy and well and safe from harm. Sometimes though, it can be the unexpected event that creeps up on us and catches us unawares and unprepared.
For example, if your baby or toddler suddenly became unwell, started crying and wouldn’t stop, would you know what signs to look for?
One of the first indicators that all may not be well with your child, could be a rise in their temperature beyond the norm. (Normal body temperature for a baby is between 36 degrees C and 37 degrees C, which would be between 97 and 100.3 degrees Fahrenheit).
Now, a rise in temperature could be caused by many things, including something as simple as the fact that your baby may be teething, for example. However, it could also be a sign that something more serious is wrong.
If your baby’s temperature seems unusually high, or if he/she shows other symptoms at the same time, such as vomiting, diarrhea etc, or if you are concerned or worried in any way, then you should seek the advice of your doctor or healthcare professional.
How do you go about taking your child’s temperature? Here are some tips that will help:
* The most accurate temperature reading will be gained from a rectal reading, but an oral reading is fine for children over 3, unless your doctor has advised you otherwise.
* Always ensure that you have one thermometer for oral and underarm readings and one for rectal readings.
* Digital thermometers are best as a mercury thermometer obviously contains Mercury, which is poisonous.
* If your child has eaten or drunk any hot foods or liquids, it is best to wait around 15 to 20 minutes before taking their temperature.
* Ensure that the baby thermometer you use is washable and clean it before each use.
* Don’t leave your child alone with a thermometer at any time.
* Try to find a digital baby thermometer with a flexible tip, for ease of use and to be more comfortable for your child.
The above advice will help ensure that you are aware and prepared, should you be concerned about a raise in your baby’s body temperature.
It is also advised that you have two digital baby thermometers, with one for use at home and one to keep in your purse for those occasions when you may be away from home with your baby.
Being prepared like this could one day save your child’s life!