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Tuesday, December 1, 2015
Newborn and Infant Care
Can you use a ear thermometer on a new born?
The research regarding the use of a tympanic (ear) thermometer in the newborn is conflicting. However, research has found a good correlation between the results of both rectal and axillary temperatures. Before investing in a tympanic thermometer you should discuss this with your health care professional, and find their opinion regarding their use.
Tina Weitkamp, RNC, MSN
Associate Professor of Clinical Nursing
College of Nursing
University of Cincinnati