- Many models of ear thermometers use plastic covers. Make sure you place the correct size of plastic cover over the tip of the thermometer if your thermometer uses them.
- Insert the tip of the ear thermometer into your child's outer ear, but be sure not to push it far into the ear canal.
- Press the button on the thermometer and wait 1 to 3 seconds, until the thermometer beeps.
- Take the thermometer away from your child's ear.
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How should I take my child's ear temperature?
Intermountain Healthcare answeredThe ear temperature is an easy and quick way to measure your child's temperature, no matter how old your child is. Be careful not to push the thermometer down into your child's ear canal because you could damage the canal or even the eardrum. Also, make sure you use an ear thermometer, not an oral or a rectal thermometer. Your child can be awake or sleeping for an ear temperature.
What is a growth spurt?
A growth spurt is a period when a child's height rapidly increases. Growth spurts are most obvious when a child is an infant (in the first year of life) and during the teen years (starting at about age 11 for girls and at about age 13 for boys). The signs of a growth spurt include:
- Increased appetite. A child's nutritional needs increase before and during periods of rapid growth.
- An increase in bone and muscle growth.
- An increase in the amount of fat stored in the body.
Growth spurts can last days to years. During the first year of life, growth spurts typically occur during the following ages:
- 7 to 10 days
- 3 to 6 weeks
- Now and then up to 1 year of age
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Why are chronic childhood illnesses on the rise?
That’s the $64 billion question. For certain conditions, such as autism, we don’t know why cases are increasing so rapidly. Some researchers believe we can thank (or blame, depending on your viewpoint) better diagnostic tools, which means doctors simply are finding more cases, not that there necessarily are more. But others believe there must be environmental triggers that we’re overlooking. Some conditions have fairly obvious causes.
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