How to Take a Baby's Temperature

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Take a baby's temperature using an automatic thermometer that goes in the ear, or by using a stick on thermometer that is left on the baby's forehead for several minutes. Consult a doctor if a baby is running a high temperature with advice from a clinical psychologist in this free video on parenting.

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Hello, I'm Dr. Deborah Wheeler. I'm a clinical psychologist, and the vice president of academic affairs at Argosy University, in Salt Lake City. Today's topic; how to take your baby's temperature. This can actually be a very simple process. There are several good tools that are available for temperature taking. You might have seen the automatic ones that are available to put in the ear. That's a very simple one. You just read the gauge, and put it in the baby's ear. An even easier one to use is a little stick-on that's available. And you can just put it on the baby's forehead, leave it for a couple of minutes, read the gauge, and that's enough to tell you if the baby's temperature is high. No need to use any other tools. There's nothing more complicated. You definitely want to consult with a physician if you think that your child is has is running a temperature, and get professional and medical advice. But, don't try to use an adult system. Certainly, don't try to use an adult tool. Make sure that you have something that's appropriate for your child, and your pharmacist can guide you on the appropriate tools to use. If you have any further questions parents can always contact argosy.edu.

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