What Is a Rectal Temperature?

Q:
What is a rectal temperature?

A:
A rectal temperature is a way of taking your child’s temperature. Caregivers may want rectal temperatures taken on children less than 5 years old.

A rectal temperature is taken by putting the thermometer gently in your child’s rectum. Make sure you follow directions for taking a rectal temperature very carefully.

Do not take a rectal temperature if your child has had surgery on his rectum or has any kind of rectal disorder.

To learn more you should go to a medical professional.

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