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The Pediatric Forum
March 2, 2009

Routine Assessment of Temperature in Healthy Newborns: Lack of Evidence for Its Clinical Utility

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2009;163(3):283. doi:10.1001/archpediatrics.2008.556

Temperature is routinely measured in healthy newborns, with little evidence of its utility. One textbook1 discusses hypothermia and hyperthermia; 2 others do not.2,3 Prominent guidelines4 recommend recording temperature every 30 minutes until the newborn's condition has remained stable for 2 hours and then observing the infant for signs of illness, including temperature instability; however, instability is not defined in these guidelines. This quality improvement study was designed to provide preliminary data about this issue.

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