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amother






Post  Thu, Jan 10 2008, 1:07 pm
At what age did you switch from Rectal to oral temputure taking?
My son 5.5 years old
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louche









  


Post  Thu, Jan 10 2008, 1:40 pm
When he’s able to hold the thermometer under his tongue with his mouth closed, or when he rebels against the indignity of the rectal method. If the latter happens before the former, you can also try the axillary (armpit) method, but it’s much less reliable and the readings are lower than you’d get with the other two methods. At 5-1/2 your son is old enough to graduate to oral.
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greenfire









  


Post  Thu, Jan 10 2008, 1:42 pm
nowadays they have other types of thermometers ... Shocked ... doncha know ... forehead ones and others you put under the arm ... way more practicle and less Puke
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chocolate moose









  


Post  Thu, Jan 10 2008, 1:55 pm
I never used rectal. not as a kid in the 70's, and not with my own kids.
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Newsie









  


Post  Thu, Jan 10 2008, 2:01 pm
When your kids were babies how did you take their temp?
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ChavieK









  


Post  Thu, Jan 10 2008, 2:03 pm
Under the arm- make the adjustment because it is not as accurate.Now you can get ear thermometers
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micki









  


Post  Thu, Jan 10 2008, 2:19 pm
5.5? I don't even shower him any more.
And I hope no one uses the same thermometer for both... Smile

I only used rectal for a few months, was too grossed out and now use the armpit with an adjustmant
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amother






Post  Thu, Jan 10 2008, 2:28 pm
Actualy when I was a kid in the 70s it was much more prevelent to take rectal temps eveyone did, I think my mother took mine then till I was like 8-9 y.o.
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mali









  


Post  Thu, Jan 10 2008, 3:22 pm
I use an ear thermometer from day one.
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Mommish









  


Post  Thu, Jan 10 2008, 4:54 pm
I just got an ear thermometer and LOVE it. The kids ask to have their temp taken!
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proudwife









  


Post  Thu, Jan 10 2008, 5:03 pm
I just got my son a 'sussy thermometer', cuz till now I used under the arm, but even there he went crazy. He's now 21 months old and I found a 'sussy thermometer', I just hope that it'll work well.
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technic









  


Post  Thu, Jan 10 2008, 5:16 pm
BOY OY BOY was I relieved 2 see this thread title was posted under "childrens health"!!! Rolling Laughter
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BrachaVHatzlocha









  


Post  Thu, Jan 10 2008, 7:49 pm
anyone tried the forehead one? I saw one. it said wash and reuse. wondering how accurate and how many times it's usuable for. thanx
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