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Thermometer - do I need one?

(4 Posts)
bagelmonkey Tue 28-Jun-11 09:57:02

DD is almost 5 months.
It just occurred to me that we don't have a thermometer and I wondered if we needed one? If I feel she's got a temperature do I need to be able to measure it?

SenoritaViva Tue 28-Jun-11 10:23:07

I'd get one of those ear thermometers, they're great. You can tell when your child has a temperature using your hand yes, but I think it is good to be able to know whether it is a fever or not etc.

MmeLindor. Tue 28-Jun-11 10:25:33

Yes, you do need to be able to measure it so that you can see if the temperature is going up or down. You cannot estimate that with your hand.

You also need to know if the temp goes over a certain point, and does not come down despite giving calpol/ibuprofen, as that is the moment when you seek medical advice.

bagelmonkey Tue 28-Jun-11 11:21:12

Better get one!

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