Is it made of acid? Fire? Cactus stickers? - page 2

Thermometers, I mean. These babies act like you're setting them on fire when you put the thermometer in the axillary pocket. I've decided that, from now on, I'd I need to stimulate a baby during a... Read More

  1. by   firemantoddswife
    So many fabulous tricks to learn! Grow a third arm and make sure it has two hands on the end of it!
  2. by   babyRN0404
    I always dread the first time parents watch the temp getting taken, and the look of "how could you" from them.... goes away pretty quickly once I teach them how to do it themselves Although I have to say.... I wouldn't be a big fan of something that big (in comparison to their size) being shoved under my arm, I'm way to ticklish!
  3. by   twinkletoes53
    I think the babies object because they don't like having their arm held down where they can't move it if they want to. It may scare them a bit. If my baby fussed when his temp was taken, I didn't start until I'd gently touched him, so he was not startled. I would try to take a temp. while offering the baby a pacifier, soothing him by "cupping" my hand at the back of his head, or stroking it, if that's what he likes. It is great when they're in their "Snuggleups"-I make sure that they are tucked in & flexed before I do a temp.
    And sometimes nothing works and the baby squirms around until you're done. Thank God we don't use the glass & mercury thermometers anymore!
  4. by   heatherxnicole
  5. by   ElvishDNP
    Yeah, I always do it and 'apologize' up one side and down the other...."Oh honey, I'm so sorry for touching your armpit. I know that's so terrible for you." And if it's a cool family, go on about how life is already cruel, getting your armpit bothered even before you have to pay taxes or have a dumb boyfriend.
  6. by   NICU_babyRN
    They always fight it...and then one morning they don't. And that, is just not a good sign!
  7. by   Imafloat
    I teach my students and orientees, blood pressure before temperature. They question me, and I tell them, you'll see...they get the temp and totally get it.