When your baby or child isnt feeling well, you need to be able to get an accurate temperature reading. More importantly, you need to be able to get it quickly and easily even on a child who will not sit still. There are basically five different options for getting a temperature reading, with different advantages and disadvantages for each option.
In general, you can take a babys temperature in his or her ear, in the mouth, under the arm, or in the rectum. There are also several new thermometers out that allow you to take a temperature reading on the forehead. In general, a reading is usually the most accurate if it is taken in the ear or on the forehead.
When it comes to baby thermometers, the Braun Thermoscan Ear Thermometer is definitely one of the best out there. It costs $60, but many people find that the ease of use and peace of mind are worth the price. Certainly it makes it quick and easy to get an accurate temperature reading.
The Braun Thermoscan Ear Thermometer can take a temperature in the ear, under the arm, or rectally. It is extremely sanitary since it comes with several disposable caps and will not work without one in place. This thermometer brags that it can take a childs temperature in just a few seconds, and it will store up to eight different temperature readings.
Among the new temporal baby thermometers, the Exergen Temporal Artery Thermometer is probably the most popular. It costs $70 and allows you to take a childs temperature simply by running the monitor across the forehead and under the ear. This does have to be done correctly in order for the temperature to read accurately.
There are several significant advantages to the Exergen Temporal Artery Thermometer. One is that you can get an accurate temperature reading on a sleeping child or one who has an ear infection. The other is that this model of thermometer takes many readings and computes the most accurate temperature based on these readings.
For parents wanting baby thermometers that will do it all, the Summer Infant 3 in 1 Family Thermometer might just be the one. It costs $30 and comes with a thermometer base with a cord like the doctor uses. It also includes three probes- one each for oral in the mouth, rectal in the bum, and underarm armpit use.
The three in one design of this thermometer allows you to use the correct probe for whichever location you are choosing to take your babys temperature. It also features a fever indicator in which the thermometer glows red if it registers above 99.9*F. This makes it faster and easier for a parent to know what is happening with a sick child.
The Safety 1st Fever Light 1 second thermometer is an excellent baby thermometer for parents who want a very fast temperature reading. It also lights up when children have a fever and features an easy to read digital display. It also features an internal memory that will store 12 readings allowing you to review them anytime you are monitoring a sick child.