Tastes great? Or less filling?
I cannot remember discussing this recently but we are considering changing
our standard temperature measurement (and I fear we are laggards in this
We are still using rectal temps for the young children where we need to be
as accurate as possible (operative word: as possible).
In kids over 3 months we are using tympanic temps. We have noted events
where the TM temp was significantly different than a rectal temp (e.g.
On the whole, as Jim Chamberlain noted a number of years ago on a similar
posting, you are generally ball-parking temps in the older kids,
particularly as we have moved away from a rigid algorithmic approach to
The ENA guidelines recommend temporal temps for kids older than 3 years and
do NOT recommended tympanic temps in this age group.
In the 3 months - 3 year age range, they conclude there is "insufficient
evidence" to prefer either.
So for this younger infant/toddler group: what are you doing and does
anyone have strong feelings about this one way or the other? Has anyone
made a switch between the two recently?
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