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rectal vs axillary temperatures in the neonate
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rectal vs axillary temperatures in the neonate

Is a rectal temperature the "gold standard" for neonates? Should 1-28 days have axillary temperatures taken?
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An axillary temperature normally correlates very well with the rectal temperature, so many hospitals and neonatal intensive care units use axillary temperatures as a matter of course.  Exceptions might include infants with blood circulation problems or infections that have decreased blood flow to the skin, which might alter the axillary temperature.  Some institutions have a policy to perform one initial rectal temperature, then subsequently use axillary temperatures.

At home, axillary temperatures would work fine.
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