At what age do u switch from rectal to oral

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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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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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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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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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Post  Thu, Jan 10 2008, 2:01 pm
When your kids were babies how did you take their temp?
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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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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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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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Post  Thu, Jan 10 2008, 3:22 pm
I use an ear thermometer from day one.
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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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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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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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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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