Everything You Need to Know About Taking Your Baby’s Temperature
I can’t explain a moment more full of panic than when you think your baby has a fever—especially as a first time parent.
I remember one fall morning listening to my son fuss and feel as hot as an oven. My shaking hands went to grab my super expensive temporal thermometer I received from my baby shower.
It probably would have been wise to thoroughly read the directions and actually remove it from the packaging prior to using it for the first time. But nope, a case of Mommy Brain struck again.
After the third attempt of trying to get an accurate reading (didn’t think 97.5 sounded quite accurate—also didn’t know that it had to actually be touching my son’s forehead—oops), I gave up and rushed him off to a facility around the corner.
Thirty minutes later, a temperature of 101.4, a body full of Motrin, and an ear infection later, we returned home.
I was mad at myself and also embarrassed at the fact that I couldn’t properly gain a reading on my thermometer.
I wasn’t sure just where to swipe it, how to control the settings—the whole thing was a pretty big mess.
I felt like a big, mommy failure.
If you are expecting or have just brought home your bundle of joy, don’t make the same mistakes that I did.
Read on to learn everything you need to know about taking your baby’s temperature, as well as thermometer options, so you’re prepared when their first fever strikes.
Who knew there was so much to know about thermometers and taking a temperature?
It’s essential that you practice with the device of your choice prior to using it in a “real” situation.
You’ll be much calmer, more confident, and will get more accurate results!