Ryan Reynolds on James’ First Fever: I Had to Take Her Temperature (and Not Under Her Armpit!)

09/21/2015 at 07:15 PM ET

When it comes to daddy duty, Ryan Reynolds isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty.

James, the actor’s daughter with wife Blake Lively, recently came down with her first fever and, after a call into the pediatrician, it was up to the new parents to keep track of their 9-month-old‘s temperature.

“I was told that I needed to check her temperature through the rectum,” Reynolds, 38, said Monday during an appearance on Live with Kelly and Michael.

“I was like, ‘No. Can’t be.’ There’s a mouth, there’s an armpit, there’s got to be something [else].”

Ryan Reynolds Live with Kelly and Michael
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But James’ doctor insisted the new parents were up for the challenge. “The doctor was like, ‘No, no, no, just have one of you guys distract her and the other one do it. She’ll be fine,’ ” Reynolds recalls.

In the end, all turned out well — and James is doing fine. But the Mississippi Grind star wonders if the “terrifying” task will forever haunt him.

“It all went well though. I didn’t lose it. It came back out,” Reynolds jokes of the thermometer.

“You can’t help but think this is going to leave a lasting mark. I’m going to be walking her down the aisle years from now and she’s going to go, ‘I know what you did.’ They’ve got to come up with a better system!”

— Anya Leon and Christina Dugan

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Shawna on

I never took any of my children’s temperature in the rectum. I don’t think it is necessary and for me I considered it too invasive and against their bodily autonomy. Taking the temperature in the ear works just fine.



Anonymous on

New parents will do what the doctor advises. Give them a break, next time they may be more chilled out and just hold it under her armpit.

nikki on

theres the ear thing lol

moonie on

I find him extremely entertaining . . . . his wife, not so much!

cj on

Hey Daddy it’s James here, could you just show them a picture of me and not discuss my asshole? Thanks, James.

Anouchka on

I am starting to be annoyed by these stories 😉 come on, don’t discuss this, it’s private… Joking about not losing a thermomether in his daughters rectum. I usually think he is funny, but this time… not so much!