How can a newborn baby measure temperature? We learn
When a baby appears, his body is very sensitive to temperature changes, and this lasts up to three months. She tends to change constantly, reacting even to changing weather on the street. Therefore, it is necessary to monitor the condition of the newborn. If you thought that the crumb is hot, use a thermometer.
Many young mothers, having given birth to the firstborn, do not know how to measure a newborn baby's temperature. Let's figure it out. In modern pharmacies, a variety of devices for measuring body temperature, designed specifically for toddlers, are sold. This is the usual mercury thermometers, and electronic batteries, and even in the form of nipples for very young children. Most parents choose, of course, conventional electronic thermometers. They are easy to use and absolutely safe for children. Thus, measurements can be carried out in several ways: in the mouth of the baby, in the rectum, under the arm. It is easy to use an electronic thermometer. If you chose the method of measurement under your arm, then you need to strip the baby. This is necessary for the thermometer to come into contact with the skin of the child, and not with his clothes. Next, place it in the baby's armpit and, holding the handle, wait until there is a sound saying that the result is obtained.
And how do you know which temperature in newborns is the norm? When the child was born and is still in the maternity hospital, pediatricians measure the indicators twice a day: early in the morning (about 6:00) and in the evening before going to bed. Seeing on the thermometer the value of 37 ° C, moms begin to ask a lot of questions, or even raise panic. However, good doctors calm young mothers, arguing that this is the usual temperature in a newborn, whose norm is 37.3 ° C. It should be borne in mind that each child has individual characteristics of the body. Therefore, the normal temperature of different babies may differ. The best and most accurate thing is to measure it when the child is at rest. After the baby has eaten or bathed, indicators may be higher, and this frightens the parents, but is considered the norm. Why is it so? Up to six months, the optimal temperature for a newborn in the armpits is + 37 ... + 37.3 ° С. But after six months the rate is +37 ° C. In the mouth of a small man it can be more by 0.3-0.5 degrees and reach almost 38 ° C, and in the rectum it is higher by 0.5-1 ° C.
How can a newborn baby measure temperature?
Let's consider one more fairly clear variant. To measure the temperature in the mouth, place the tip of the thermometer neatly into the mouth of the child under the tongue. Ideal - if the baby will breathe a nose, not a mouth. Remove the thermometer also after the audible signal sounds. Make sure that the baby does not rotate, otherwise it can damage the oral mucosa.
Another option (heavier in performance)
The next way of measuring scares some moms and dads. And they often ask their treating pediatricians how to measure a newborn's temperature in the rectum. This method gives more accurate results. Before doing this procedure, lubricate the tip of the thermometer with vaseline or a special baby oil. Turn the newborn on its side, be sure that the baby behaves calmly, otherwise you will get wrong results. Very gently enter the thermometer into the anus at 1.5-2 centimeters and hold it to the sound signal.
If the child cries and dodges, do not try to force it. As soon as the crumb falls asleep, try again. In order not to torment the child with such manipulations, it is possible to measure the temperature on the bend of the knee or elbow. This is done in the same way as in the armpit. If the result is above 38 ° C, call a doctor or an ambulance immediately. Be sure to give a safe for the baby antipyretic. At a high temperature, very small children can start cramping, so you do not need to lose heat by wiping with vinegar, cool water or alcohol, it is better to wait for the ambulance to arrive. Skilled doctors will listen to the bronchi and lungs of the baby for wheezing, will take all necessary measures to help your child. If necessary, they will necessarily offer you hospitalization for a more accurate examination. Do not neglect the advice of doctors, this affects the health of your child.
A small conclusion
In extreme cases (if necessary) contact your pediatrician, he will tell you exactly how to measure the temperature of the newborn baby in the most correct way. Take care of your children, wear warmer in cold weather, but do not eat too much, do not create drafts at home in order to avoid colds.