How to take you Newborns Temperatures
Are you expecting a baby or is your new baby here already? Are you nervous about taking a rectal temperature? Babies are such a joy and blessing. Here is your step by step procedure for taking a rectal temperature. The first temperature of your newborn will be a Rectal temperature. Most rectal temperatures are 97.5 to 99.5 degrees. Digital thermomoeters are safter than old mercury thermometers. They can be purchased at a local drug store or K-Mart. Be sure that you puchase a rectal thermometer. Whenever you take a rectal temperature, lay the baby on his or her back. Lubricate the thermometer with lubricant(k-y jelly) etc. Hold the legs up and insert the thermometer into the rectum 1/2 an inch. Hold the thermometer until the thermometer rings. Then remove the thermometer. Clean the thermometer with alcohol before placing it back into the holder.
Auxillary temperatures are used for newborn babies and chldren under 3 years of age. You will need to add a degree to an axillary tmepreature. Most axillary temperatures are between 96.5 to 98.5 degrees. To take a axillary temperature, place the child on their side. Place the thermometer under the arm pit, while holding the babies arm down. Hold the babies arm down, until the thermometer rings.
For children over 3 years old, you can take an Oral temperature. The normal oral temperature is between 97 to 99 degrees. To view more of Sick babies can become dehydrated very quickly. Watch closely, if a baby’s behavior changes. Signs to look for are: Is your baby fussy? Do they want to be carried alot more than usual? Do they want to be held more than usual? Are they too quiet? Most children are not as active, when they are dehydrated. They may appear to be overtired and want to sleep more. Your baby may be thirstier than normal, nauseated, or may have a weak cry.
How to know, when your baby is Dehydrated
A dehydrated baby may have pale skin (white). Some babies may have an Ashen or grey skin tone. If your baby has a worried look or wrinkled brow, this is normal for a dehydrated diagnosis. Look at you baby’s eyeballs, are they sunken in? Are the fontanelles(softspots) of your baby’s head filled well with fluid or are they sunken in?
Check the baby’s mouth to see, if it is wet or dry. A dry mouth, tongue, and no saliva are signs and symptoms of dehydration. Is the mucus in the baby’s mouth or nose thick? Does the baby cry tears or not? Thick mucus and a baby not having tears are ways to diagnose dehydration.
Dehydrated babies can lose weight, quickly. If you notice that your baby is not wetting, at least 5 to 6 diapers in a day, you may want to make an appointment with your doctor. Concentrated and foul smelling urine can be signs to be aware of.
A child may have fast or shallow respirations. Shallow respirations are where the baby is not breathing,as deep as they can. Fast heart beats go along with dehydration. A baby may have a below normal temperature or a high temperature.
The baby may be weak and not be as playful. He or she may seem depressed. Your baby may experience some twitching or convulsions. Highg temperatures can cause a baby to have convulsions.
These are warning signs of dehydration. You need to call your doctor for an appointment, if you see these signs from your baby.
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