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 Post subject: Rectal Temp
PostPosted: Tue Jun 15, 2004 8:48 am 
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What is actually the normal range for a rectal temp? Are you supposed to subtract any degrees when taking it rectally? I know for underarm, you add 1 degree and 1/10, but what about rectally?

Thanks for the help! First time mom!!!


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Rectal temp. are the most accurate and then axillary. For infants under 3mos. you should contact your dr. if a temp. is over 100.4. 101 or higher is considered a fever in older infants and children. Axillary is generally a degree lower than rectal, but if reporting to a dr. I would just say what the thermometer reads and report where it was taken.


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