Everything You Need to Know About Your Baby’s Temperature

Although I may not be a medical professional, I have spend a lot of time with children. Would I be able to perform a surgery? Nope and I would be silly enough to try, but I do understand babies and their temperatures! Some of the knowledge is fairly well known, but some new mothers might not understand everything they need to know about their baby’s temperature. What is a normal temperature for babies? How do you take a baby’s temperature? Below, I will attempt to provide you with helpful information that will ultimately provide you with peace of mind.

How to Take Your Baby’s Temperature

Taking the temperature of your little one is entirely simple and doesn’t take a medical professional! You just need a love hand, which every mother should have! First, you should touch your baby’s forehead. Does it feel warm to the touch? If it does, you will want to proceed forward and attempt to get a more precise temperature. So, what do you need?

If you’re child is under 6 months of age, you’re going to need to use the dreadful rectal thermometer. At this age, the baby’s ear canals are still in development, so they’ll be too small for ear thermometers to receive an accurate temp.

Normal Baby Temperature Range

So, what is the normal temperature for a baby? The appropriate temperate range is around 97 to 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit. Remember that the specific type of thermometer you use will provide a different temperature, so stick with the range, instead of individual figures.

Dealing With It

Now comes the depressing part. What is a mother supposed to do, when she discovers that her baby is suffering from a potential fever? First, you shouldn’t panic, as hard as this could be! Don’t break down, because your precious little one needs you!

Step-By-Step Guide For Taking Baby Temperature

  • Step 1 – Clean the rectal thermometer with isopropyl alcohol, but give it time to completely dry, before using it
  • Step 2 – Position the baby on his back or belly (this may make your infant very uncomfortable)
  • Step 3- Grasp the ankles gently and push them in toward the baby’s abdomen, but do not push too  hard
  • Step 4 – Apply a little petroleum jelly on the end of the thermometer about 1″
  • Step 5 – Get down on eye level and place your thumb and forefinger about 1″ from the tip, so the thermometer will not enter the rectum any further to prevent rectal injury
  • Step 6 – Take your left hand and pry open your baby’s buttocks, so you can see the anus and insert the thermometer into the rectal opening
  • Step 7 – If you are using a digital thermometer, be sure that you leave it in place, until it beeps (never use mercury thermometers, because they are dangerous)
  • Step 8 – Remove the thermometer and record the reading and then clean it with mild soap, water, and isopropyl alcohol


If your infant has a temperature rectal reading over 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit, you should contact your pediatrician immediately. Never try to treat a newborn under the age of 3 months, because this is a sign of an emergency.