Is it made of acid? Fire? Cactus stickers?

  1. 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 b&d, I'm gonna just poke a thermometer under his arm. Babies are silly.
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  3. by   babyNP.

    really made me lol

    I tell this to parents all the time while teaching them how to take axillary temps..."For most, it's way worse than getting a heel stick!"
  4. by   obprof
    The parents always think I am really hurting their baby, ie. breaking the kiddo's arm by holding it.
  5. by   NicuGal
    Lol...I always tell parents...they act like we are doing the worst thing ever to them lol
  6. by   SHGR
    Wow, imagine if you did a rectal temp (that's our P&P in outpatient)!!
  7. by   VivaLasViejas
    Ohhhh, they HATE that!!! And who wouldn't? But you stick a thermometer under a baby's arm and they think it's the end of the world....they don't know how it was in the 'old days'.
  8. by   Stephalump
    Whatever they're made of, they must be manufactured in the same plant as bulb syringes!!!
  9. by   workingharder
    I can't explain the little girls' problem. For the little boys, just reassure them that it is NOT another circumcision.
  10. by   Bortaz, RN
    It seems like the thermometers we use take an hour to register a temp. I was just laughing at my 600g 3 week old 24 weeker tonight...she was raising heck, twisting her shoulder, grabbing her ETT and HFJV tubing, and doing that precious, sweet, d'aww pretty preemie with an ETT cry-face.
  11. by   Double-Helix
    Older babies and kids have the same problem! They never grow out of it, and I can't explain it, either. From babies that are a few months old all the way up to two year olds, they all put up a fuss when it's temperature time!
  12. by   FlyingScot
    I actually got written up once for the way a 3 year old acted when I took an axillary temp with a "temp-a dot". The mother was having a heenie and I was trying to lighten the mood and said "It's a good thing we aren't doing this the old-fashioned way". She told my manager that I said to the kid "If you don't stop it I'm going to shove this up your a$$". Yeah right...that's exactly what I said 'cause that's how I roll.
  13. by   Galore
    So true! I can sometimes get away with starting an IV or doing blood draws without the baby ever waking up, but they pitch a fit when it's time for their temperature!
  14. by   MiniBabyRN
    I love this! You would think with all of the advanced medial technology we work with, somebody would have thought up a faster thermometer. The other night we admitted a baby who was a bit lethargic and hadn't really cried much since coming to us, but you would never have known it once temperature time came! You know you're coordinated when you can hold the thermometer in place, keep the paci in the baby's mouth, and keep him from tearing at his IV/PICC/feeding tube/ whatever else he shouldn't have his little hand around.