Safety: Temperature

Checking Baby's Temperature

Babies are not able to control their temperature as well as adults. Becoming either too hot or too cold can be dangerous for a baby. 

The following chart shows the normal ranges for a baby’s temperature based on the method used to take their temperature. A baby’s temperature should only be taken in the armpit or in the ear. Use an ear thermometer if taking the temperature from the ear.

The Bump lists do’s and don’ts of thermometer use:

  • Avoid using pacifier thermometers and oral thermometers
  • Do your best to keep your baby thermometer clean – designate what area your thermometer will be used for (ear, underarm, rectal, etc.)
  • Read the instructions
  • Don’t leave your baby unattended

Temperature measurement in pediatrics

While your baby is wearing the Infant Brace, we recommend that you keep an eye on your baby's temperature. Increased temperature in healthy babies has been associated with a higher risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

A general rule of thumb, provided by the American Academy of Pediatrics, is to make sure your baby is wearing one more layer of clothing than you are comfortable wearing in the same environment. This includes blankets and the Infant Brace. The Infant Brace is designed to allow air and heat to go through it, but it can't measure your baby's temperature or respond to highs or lows in your baby's temperature.

The Infant Brace can be worn over clothing or directly against your baby's skin to help with controlling their temperature. Parents and caregivers are responsible for keeping an eye on their baby's temperature, either by touching the baby's skin and/or by use of a thermometer. 

As a parent or caregiver, you can help reduce the risks associated with your baby's temperature by watching for the following signs:

Too Hot

  • Flushed face
  • Hot or sweaty skin
  • Listless – showing no interest in anything
  • Limpness

Too Cold

  • Blue tinted lips, hands, or feet
  • Cool or paler than normal skin
  • Listlessness or limpness

Note: Babies do not shiver when cold