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How to get rectal readings with an Avent digital thermometer

Published on 2017-04-07

The Philips Avent digital thermometer can be used to measure your baby's temperature rectally. To make it smooth and pleasant, follow these step-by-step instructions.

Step-by-step instructions

  1. Remove the protection cap from the digital thermometer
  2. Lubricate the tip of the digital thermometer with a water-soluble jelly
  3. Press I to switch on the digital thermometer
  4. Lie the baby on its stomach or its side
  5. With one hand, separate the baby's buttocks; with the other hand, gently slide the tip of the digital thermometer no more than 12 mm (1/2 inch) into the rectum; if you detect any resistance, stop immediately
  6. Hold the baby firmly so that it cannot turn while the digital thermometer is inserted
  7. Never push the flexible tip too far into the rectum
  8. Keep the digital thermometer in place until it beeps (see section 'Audible signals' at the end of this chapter for the meaning of the beeps)
  9. Remove the digital thermometer and read the display
  10. Press “I” to switch off the digital thermometer

The information on this page applies to the following models: SCH400/00 .

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