How do I check my newborn’s temperature?

How do you tell if baby has a fever without a thermometer?

Checking for a fever without a thermometer

  1. Touching the forehead. Touching a person’s forehead with the back of the hand is a common method of telling whether or not they have a fever. …
  2. Pinching the hand. …
  3. Looking for flushing in the cheeks. …
  4. Checking urine color. …
  5. Looking for other symptoms.

How can I tell if my baby has a fever?

This method is usually used to check for fever in newborns and young children.

Age Recommended technique
Birth to 2 years First choice: Rectum (for an exact reading)
Second choice: Armpit (to check for fever)
Between 2 and 5 years First choice: Rectum
Second choice: Ear

Do newborns get fevers?

Fevers are common in children, but for a newborn baby, a fever can be a sign of a dangerous infection. This is why children under 2 months should be taken to an emergency department in the case of a fever of 100.4 or higher.

Can I take my baby’s temperature under armpit?

Armpit. The armpit (axillary) method is usually used to check for fever in newborns and young children, but it’s not as accurate as a rectal temperature. If an axillary temperature does not show a fever but your child feels warm and seems unwell, take a rectal measurement. Use a rectal or oral thermometer.

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What is considered fever for newborn?

The system that controls body temperature is not well developed in a newborn. Call your baby’s healthcare provider immediately if your baby is younger than 3 months old and has a rectal temperature or forehead (temporal artery) of 100.4°F (38°C) or higher.

What should I do if my newborn has a fever?

How to Treat a Fever

  1. Bathe your baby in lukewarm water. …
  2. Dress your baby in light, comfortable clothing.
  3. Make sure your baby is getting enough fluids to prevent dehydration.
  4. NEVER give your baby aspirin to treat a fever. …
  5. Acetaminophen and ibuprofen are the two medications for children that help fight fever.

What temp is fever for baby?

Your child has a fever if he or she: Has a rectal, ear or temporal artery temperature of 100.4 F (38 C) or higher. Has an oral temperature of 100 F (37.8 C) or higher. Has an armpit temperature of 99 F (37.2 C) or higher.