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Question by  pammy (42)

When I'm taking the rectal temperature on an infant, the baby should be in what position?


Answer by  Ann66 (161)

You can do this one of two ways, lay the baby on it's back as if you are changing a diaper, holding the legs up, or placing the infant across an adult's lap belly down, while the head is being supported.


Answer by  katja (28)

To take a rectal temperature of an infant, either place the infant on his stomach on a flat surface or across your lap or place him on his back with his legs bent toward his chest. Always keep one hand on him at all times.


Answer by  katdog (294)

The baby should be on his or her tummy. You put your hand over their butt, and stick the thermometer between your fingers to hold it inside of the rectum.


Answer by  emtrobstu (233)

The baby should be on it's back with it's legs in the air. Make sure you keep baby still for most accurate results.

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