A normal temperature for your baby ranges from 97.6 degrees F to 100.3 degrees F. You only need to take your baby's temperature when you think she has a fever or is ill.
You can take your baby's temperature by placing a thermometer in your baby's armpit. This gives you the axillary temperature.
Your baby's health care provider may ask you to take a rectal temperature. If this is requested, please follow the instructions below on how to take a rectal temperature.
They are not accurate.
If you have one and want to dispose of it, do not throw it in the garbage.
Take your mercury thermometer, and any other products that contain mercury, to a household hazardous waste collection facility.
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