You do not need to take your baby’s temperature on a regular basis. Do it only when you think your baby may be sick. Overdressing or too hot an environment (e.g., room, car, etc.) can cause your baby’s temperature to go up. If your baby is overdressed, remove some clothing and retake your baby’s temperature in 30 minutes
If you baby feels cool or your baby’s temperature is less than 97.6 degree Fahrenheit, try a putting a t-shirt under a terry cloth sleeper on your baby, or put your baby on a blanket that has been warmed in the dryer. You can also try placing your baby skin-to-skin with you.
Take your baby's temperature if your:
- Baby is especially irritable.
- Baby’s skin is hot, sweating a lot or has a rash.
- Baby's complexion is either very pale or flushed.
- Baby's breathing is unusually fast, slow or especially noisy.
- Baby has a runny nose, is sneezing or coughing.
- Baby's appetite is poor or has refused more than one feeding.
- baby rubs his/her ears, rolls head or screams sharply.
- Baby is vomiting, or has diarrhea or the stool has an unusual color or odor. If there is diarrhea, take the baby’s temperature under the armpit (axillary temperature).