What is the importance of newborn temperatures?

Fever or low temperature in newborns is a sign of illness and requires immediate evaluation. For this reason, getting an accurate temperature is very important. The temperature does not need to be taken routinely, but should be taken anytime you have concerns about the baby. If your baby feels warm, is fussy, is not feeding well or you see any signs that cause you concern, you should measure the temperature. A rectal temperature is best for newborns.

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