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SantasBigHelper Sat 24-Dec-16 18:46:17

Baby had underarm temp of 36.1 at around 3pm and is not at 36.3.

Google is telling me various different things about what underarm temp should be in a 12 week old and he's been ill recently.

He's a bit cranky but feeding OK.

SantasBigHelper Sat 24-Dec-16 18:46:42

Is now at 36.3

(not not)

TeaBelle Sat 24-Dec-16 18:47:50

No, that's not too warm at all. Over 37.5 is raised

PurpleMinionMummy Sat 24-Dec-16 18:47:50


Lovelilies Sat 24-Dec-16 18:47:56

Not hot
How old is baby?
I'd say over 37.5/ 38 is a temp (nurse and Mum of 3 here)

TeaBelle Sat 24-Dec-16 18:48:20

It's worth testing temp when baby is well to get an idea of their general norm though

Lovelilies Sat 24-Dec-16 18:48:24

Sort just seen 12weeks

SantasBigHelper Sat 24-Dec-16 18:48:59

Thanks all!!

So I don't need to offset for the fact his temp is underarm rather than oral/rectal?

Baby is 12 weeks.

Lovelilies Sat 24-Dec-16 18:49:37

As long as feeding and weeing okay, 'seems okay' I wouldn't worry

Artandco Sat 24-Dec-16 18:51:03

No, if anything he's cold. 37 is Normal body temperature

DavidPuddy Sat 24-Dec-16 18:51:30

I can recommend getting a bum thermometer. They are easy to use and very accurate.

SantasBigHelper Sat 24-Dec-16 18:51:34

Last time I went with 'my instincts' he was actually pretty unwell. I don't feel like I cn trust them any more. sad

SantasBigHelper Sat 24-Dec-16 18:52:24

I think I might get the bum one!!

FallenSky Sat 24-Dec-16 18:52:48

36.4 is what I've always understood to be "optimum" temp. As pp have said, 37.5/38ish is a fever.

I've always been told (as recently as 2 days ago by a consultant) that it's not always what's on the thermometer that matters, if your child isn't behaving normally, not eating/drinking, floppy or unrousable they are better indicators to how ill they are.

DD can have a fever of 39 and still be running around happy as anything but DS reaches 37 and he's flat out.

Spindelina Sat 24-Dec-16 18:52:48

Low 36es was always normal underarm temp for my DD. Definitely worth measuring when he's well, jay so you know.

PragmaticWench Sat 24-Dec-16 18:54:56

An in-ear electric thermometer is easier to use than a rectal one as you don't need to undress them (especially handy at night) and they usually tolerate it better.

SantasBigHelper Sat 24-Dec-16 18:59:15

Oh god. Just realised I think I've been sticking what should either be an oral or rectal thermometer under his blimmin armpit.

Does anyone have this kit, and if so how do you use the thermometer?

SantasBigHelper Sat 24-Dec-16 19:00:16

Have just been eyeing up a nice in-ear one on amazon. Maybe Santa will bring me one.

Nottalotta Sat 24-Dec-16 19:01:35

There's an underarm one that goes green amber or red according to temperature, with three age settings.

dementedpixie Sat 24-Dec-16 19:05:34

The blurb for that says it's an oral one. I would get an ear one. Don't think I'd use a rectal one

SantasBigHelper Sat 24-Dec-16 19:10:34

Just did his oral temp. So he is 36.6 in the moof. That's OK isn't it? Can I have a prosecco?

Pooka Sat 24-Dec-16 19:14:28

Definitely get an ear one. I've had a hankering for a laser-y one though...

36.4 is spot on for ear temp.

luckylucky24 Sat 24-Dec-16 19:16:31

You need one of these..,default,pd.html?cmpid=ppc-_-geor-_--_--_-_inurl%3A%2Fgeorge%2Fbaby%2F-_-dskwid-s39700015788132315_dc&gclid=CjwKEAiA1vjCBRDd-9q3w4OF6WUSJACWv_sVS3mM8nTxxWcajSO7w35VvFy8JNN6rHziqI6kFuWzfxoCNw7w_wcB

Pooka Sat 24-Dec-16 19:17:29

My GP uses the Braun thermoscan. We've got one too - old model. Very reliable. But as kids have got older I am more confident at just feeling their forehead or going by kissing their forehead.

KeptOnRaining Sat 24-Dec-16 19:18:54

Ear ones are much easier.

Why were you taking his temperature? What else seems 'wrong'?

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