|The most accurate way of obtaining close to
temperature is with a rectal thermometer. Oral and rectal thermometers are different
in design. one has a larger diameter blunt end for insertion into the rectum, An oral thermometer has a
smaller diameter end and could easily penetrate the rectal wall.
When taking a rectal temperature, make sure thermometer & anus are thoroughly lubricated.! Although the rectal temperature is the most accurate, this method may be considered embarrassing in some areas especially if used on patients older than very young children; and, if not correctly, a rectal temperature procedure can be uncomfortable and in some cases painful for the recipient.
Rectal temperature taking is considered the method of choice for infants by the public. Care must be taken when inserting a rectal thermometer. Never use an oral thermometer for taking a rectal temperature the end has too sharp a point and could puncture the rectum. Even though a rectal thermometer has a blunt in it can still puncture the rectal lining. If force is used. The easiest way to eliminate this problem is by lubricating the inside of the anus with the lubricating gel and your finger. In doing this it is best to use a vinyl or latex glove. If you encounter, fecal mater in the rectum. You might use a simple enema to clear out the rectal area.
Below are sources for enema equipment and products that we use ourselves. We enjoy the convenience and privacy of shopping in our own home.
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This information is strictly educational and is not, in any way, meant to prescribe or to constitute medical advice. The information provided is designed to be used in conjunction with the guidance of a healthcare professional. The author assumes no responsibility for any presumed health effects associated with using this information.