Author: Dr. Monica Wonnacott

HOW TO TAKE A TEMPERATURE

Taking your child’s temperature is a straightforward process that, when done correctly, provides important information about your child’s health. A normal temperature for a child is 98° to 99° F (37° C). A fever is a temperature greater than 100.4° F or 38° C. Ways to take a temperature There are multiple methods for taking a temperature: Rectal (in a child’s bottom) Oral (in a child’s mouth) Axillary (under a child’s arm) Ear Temporal artery Best way to take a temperature The most accurate and consistently recommended method for taking a temperature is rectally. Do not fear the rectal...

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FOR SKIN: AQUAPHOR

This stuff is kind of a miracle. Remember the dad in My Big Fat Greek Wedding? He put Windex on everything. Well I put Aquaphor on everything. We’ve gone through tubs of this stuff at our house. Where to get it Just about any grocery store or pharmacy. Usually in the skin aisle, sometimes look in the baby aisle. You can also order online, including a subscription product from Amazon.com, which makes it VERY easy to restock your supply as often as you need it....

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SHOULD I WORRY ABOUT FEVER?

There isn’t a day in clinic or a night on call that I don’t field questions from concerned parents about fever. What’s a fever? When I do I worry? Should I come in? What should I do? And the list goes on and on. Here are a few guidelines. In pediatrics, fever is defined as a temperature of 100.4°F or 38.0°C. This is best measured rectally, meaning in a child’s bottom (for further instruction, see article Taking A Temperature). Fever on its own is not inherently dangerous. In fact, it is the body’s natural defense against infection. The reason...

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UP VOMITING ALL NIGHT

“My child has been up all night vomiting. What should I give her? Is there any medicine to make her stop?”  We’ve all been there At some point, everyone has experienced what I call the “vomit bug.” We can all empathize with how awful it feels to throw up. The good news is that most causes of vomiting are short-lived, benign viruses that simply need to run their course. How it starts The vomit bug often starts as vomiting and then progress to diarrhea. The medical term for this is “gastroenteritis.” Sometimes we call this a GI bug. So...

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CAN I TAKE THIS MEDICATION IF I’M BREASTFEEDING?

Mothers who are breastfeeding often call my office to find out if a particular drug is safe to take. The truth is that every drug that a mom takes gets excreted in the breast milk to some extent. The issue is how much and is it a problem. The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has one of the best, most reliable websites for finding information on drugs and lactation (LactMed). Drugs are searchable by drug name (generic or trade name) and by pharmacologic category. I’ve listed the most common medications I get calls about, but check out the website...

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Dr. Monica Wonnacott


I'm a pediatrician and a mom. PediatricAnswers.com is my blog where parents can get the straight scoop on their child's health, largely based on my experience in the office and at home. I don't diagnose on the site, so please don't ask. These are just my opinions. Use this site as a resource. And trust your parent gut.

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