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At some point every child gets a fever. A fever is your body's way of reacting to an illness or infection. Fever is usually harmless and may actually help your body fight off the infection.

Fever is a body temperature
over 100.4 F (38 C)

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Checking your Child's Temperature

You may be able to tell whether your child feels warm by placing your hand on his forehead, but you should always use a digital thermometer to tell you how high the temperature is.

Glass mercury thermometers are not recommended and should be removed from the home due to safety concerns. We recommend using a digital multi use thermometer.
Rectal temperature

If your child is younger than 3 years, taking a rectal temperature gives the best reading.

The following is how to take a rectal temperature:

  1. Clean the end of the thermometer with rubbing alcohol or soap and water. Rinse it with cool water. Do not rinse it with hot water.
  2. Put a small amount of lubricant, such as petroleum jelly, on the end.
  3. Place your child belly down across your lap or on a firm surface. Hold him by placing your palm against his lower back, just above his bottom. Or place your child face up and bend his legs to his chest. Rest your free hand against the back of the thighs.
  4. With the other hand, turn the thermometer on and insert it 1/2 inch to 1 inch into the anal opening. Do not insert it too far. Hold the thermometer in place loosely with 2 fingers, keeping your hand cupped around your child’s bottom.
  5. Keep it there for about 1 minute, until you hear the “beep.” Then remove and check the digital reading.

Be sure to label the rectal thermometer so it's not accidentally used in the mouth.
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