Measuring body temperature in babies and young children - Online Midwifery CPD Courses

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Measuring body temperature in babies and young children

Traditionally, body temperature has been taken by the oral route in older children and adults, while the rectal route has been used for babies and young children. However, NICE recommend that these routes are not routinely used in children aged 0–5 years.1 This module explores the options for getting an accurate measurement of a child’s body temperature.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

After studying this module you should:

  • know which thermometers are suitable for measuring body temperature in infants and young children.
  • understand which readings best reflect a child’s core body temperature.
  • gain confidence in advising parents how to choose and use thermometers correctly.

NEXT STEPS

  • Read the clinical review
  • Complete the online assessment
  • Receive CPD certificate

AUTHORS

Written by: Karen J. Stocker BSc (Hons)
Reviewed by: Grace Thomas, MSc, PGCE, Independent Prescriber, DipM, RM, RGN

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This learning module can be used towards CPD for revalidation with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

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