There is very little risk of complications from taking a temperature.
When taking a rectal temperature, do not insert the thermometer into the rectum more than 0.5 in. (1.25 cm) to 1 in. (2.5 cm). Further insertion can be painful and may damage rectal tissues.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference November 13, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference Susan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics
Reference Thomas Emmett Francoeur, MD, MDCM, CSPQ, FRCPC - Pediatrics