Gender-related differences in rectal temperature in human neonates

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Abstract

The aim of this study was to examine the gender-related differences in human neonates' body temperature. Rectal temperatures of 101 newborns (52 girls and 49 boys) were measured using a calibrated glass-mercury thermometer five times during their first 5 days of life. Results show that the temperature of males, averaged over 5 days, was significantly lower (37.068°C) than that of females (37.168°C). This result suggests that gender-dependent differences in baseline body temperature are present at birth.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)37-43
Number of pages7
JournalEarly Human Development
Volume64
Issue number1
Early online date8 Jun 2001
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2001

Keywords

  • Newborn
  • Gender
  • Body temperature

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