The staff of Panda Pediatrics, located in Washington, D.C.
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There are two important parts of taking your child's temperature. Knowing how to take it (click here for Is It a Fever and What to Do), and knowing what it means (click here for What Temperature is a Fever?).
Have your child lie stomach down on your lap.
Before you insert the thermometer, apply some petroleum lubricating jelly (such as Vaseline) to the end and to the opening of the anus.
Gently insert the thermometer into the rectum about to 1 inch. Never try to force it past any resistance.
Hold your child still while the thermometer is in.
Leave the thermometer in your child’s rectum until it beeps.