Put the thermometer where?
Fall is a lovely season, with the cooler weather and the falling leaves. But as we roll through the change of seasons and back to school, no matter how much hand washing we do, there's bound to be a little sick going around. Right now, my one year old has an ear infection. In addition, I'm fairly certain that he's teething, too. Add to that sleepless nights and I had one fussy bub on my hands this morning. Halfway through the morning I thought he felt warm, so I headed upstairs to my "getbetter" arsenal to see if I could actually locate a thermometer. I'll be frank and say that I've never owned a rectal thermometer for the babes. I feel like it might be dangerous to try to wrestle them to stay still while somehow involving glass (and mercury?, surely not...). Instead I stock three different type of thermometers for the little ones. First, the ear scan thermometer, which is useless if you don't have the little covers, or if the battery runs out, or if the child is less than 2 (or3)? Chuck that one out. On to the next one, the flimsy digital read out kind that also needs a cover, but I don't use the covers when I put them under the arm. I push the button and then try to wrangle my moody fussy baby to stay still while I pin his arm down long enough to register some kind of reading. Result? 95.4°F. Nope, don't think so... even when I add a degree it's not even reasonable. Last, and most desperate, attempt was made with the "binky" thermometer. Apparently my child doesn't use a binky right because it decided his temp was 95°F.
I gave up. I have many unreliable ways to guess whether he has a fever or not. No good ones. How do you check if your babe has a fever? I usually end up going with my gut (and feeling their hands -- if their hands are warm it's unusual and means there is a fever).