taking a temperature
“Feeling a baby’s forehead is not a reliable indicator of fever,” says pediatrician Warren Rosenfeld, M.D. “Babies sometimes feel warm when they’ve been held closely or bundled in a blanket.”
A rectal reading is still considered the gold standard for infants. Wash a digital thermometer (don’t use one with mercury), wipe it with alcohol and lubricate it with petroleum jelly. Remove the
diaper, lay the baby across your lap, gently insert the tip of the thermometer into his rectum and hold it there for 30 to 60 seconds. Sing or talk to your baby; if he begins to wiggle, call it off and retry later.
When accuracy is less critical (for instance, when you simply want to rule out a fever), hold the digital thermometer in your baby’s bare armpit for 30 to 60 seconds.