Posted by Marie W. on June 25, 2003 at 11:38:30:
In Reply to: Re: Fever posted by Sue on June 25, 2003 at 11:17:49:
: : : : : My boy has his first fever. It's running between 100.8 and 102. I have been taking his temperature with a pacifier thermometer. But someone told me yesterday that there not accurate. My books don't mention them, does any one know the accuracy? Also, I have not taken his temp rectally. I'm a little scared too he's very wiggly and doesn't hold still, but should I try to take it that way?
: : : : : Thanks
: : : : I would try to take it rectally as I was also very nervous about doing this. It is not so bad though. I have heard the pacifier ones dont read accurately as well. It is scarey the first time they have a fever. My son had one of 104 at about 2 months and it wound up being a UTI. good luck!
: : : What's the best way to hold him still? He's so wiggly that I have to pin him down with my feet just to change his diaper. I asked my husband to help me but he doesn't think I should take it that way. Ugh, men!
: : You need two people and a toy I would think. One to pin him down and the other to take the temperature. It's tough taking it that way though, but very accurate. If your baby is anything like mine, I wouldn't be able to do it (Changing his diaper these days is almost IMPOSSIBLE!). You may want to distract him with a new object. Why don't you take him to your doc and have them do it?
: I tried to call the doctor yesterday but they were closed. They left an emergancy number but although it's an emergancy to me it's probably not to them. I am afraid that I'll look like the neurotic new mother, since he's fever isn't over 103. Just when I was getting a little confidence about what I was doing ....
103 fever is not something to be neglected. I would still call that emergency number to ask if you should bring him in. When my son was sick, I took his temp with all kinds of thermometers - placing a regular one under his arm, forehead strip thermometer, borrowed the ear one from a friend and then was working out an average and adding a degree to it still calling the doctor up. Moms, especially new moms are allowed to be neurotic when it comes to their babies, LOL!