Baby Thermometer Reviews
Newborn babies are so incredibly susceptible to illness and infection, and a warm forehead can only tell you so much. It’s essential for every new parent to have a baby thermometer nearby so they can get the full story when they expect that something is not right. It’s important to find a version that is easy to use, and different models are more appropriate for different age brackets. Some thermometers are convenient in that they allow you to test your child in more ways that one; for instance, under the tongue and under the arm pit. Whereas others only allow you to test in one location. Keep in mind that the most accurate thermometers for newborns are used rectally, but these can often be quite uncomfortable for the baby. You want to look for one that has a flexible, soft tip that only needs to be limitedly inserted. All thermometers these days are digital, and very easy to read. If you don’t want to spend too much money your local drug store is the best place to find one.
Baby Thermometer Buying Guide
In the past few decades, baby thermometers have gone from the basic old-fashioned kind to the high-tech and state-of-the-art. Once upon a time, checking your child’s temperature was a cumbersome and challenging mission. But today, thanks to advances in technology, doing so has never been easier or more accurate. Choosing which thermometer is right for your child doesn’t have to be a complicated task, however. Today, we’ll explore some of the options and also how to use these new choices.
A World of Choices
The first step to getting a new baby thermometer is to choose which one is best. Please keep in mind that if you still have one of the old glass ones around the house, it’ll be best to dispose of this one properly. Next, you’ll need to know that thermometers can range in price, from the relatively inexpensive to the pricey.
Standard Digital Thermometers
This option is often the cheapest, but the least accurate. However, they’re easy to read with their large LCD numbers and can be purchased at most drug stores. They do still provide an adequate reading, and for many parents, this will be an ideal choice because of the price point. Good for children 3 months or younger, but can be used on any child.
Boasting an extremely convenient method of taking temperature, these thermometers are as simple as popping them in your baby’s mouth. Your child will never even know you were checking! However, they don’t give as accurate a recording as standard models. Good for any child that uses a pacifier.
While still digital and using an infrared ray, these models are less invasive than others. They are a little harder to use, however, and may need practice to get an accurate reading. Good or children 6 months or older.
By using an infrared scanner, they gauge the artery located in a child’s forehead. Best for children 3 months or older.
For standard digital models, you’ll want to choose where you’ll take the child’s temperature. Even if the thermometer claims to give instant readings, checking for 20 to 60 seconds is ideal to get an accurate one. For the rectum, adding a tiny bit of petroleum jelly to the end before turning the device on is helpful. While the baby is laying on their back, lift their legs, and insert about .5in to 1in. The thermometer should beep when it has attained a reading. For measuring using the armpit, petroleum jelly is not needed. Place the device under your baby’s bare, dry armpit and wait until it you hear the beep indicating a reading has been attained. This is the least accurate method for attaining a reading. Checking via the mouth with a standard digital model is not recommended for children under 4 years old because a child must be able to hold the device in their mouths.
To determine your baby’s temperature by ear, check the device’s instructions for the correct depth to place it. You’ll also want to be sure you’re pointing the tip toward the opening of the ear canal and not the wall of the ear. After putting it in their ear, hold it carefully until you hear it beep, indicating it has recorded a temperature.
For using a pacifier thermometer, turn the device on and pop it in your baby’s mouth. The main thing to remember is that you’ll want to keep the device in the baby’s mouth for a full 3 minutes. Also, it’s recommended that you add a half degree if you’re using a Fahrenheit model.
Using a forehead thermometer is as easy as sweeping it across your baby’s forehead. It is able to attain a reading fairly quickly. Whichever method you use or whichever device you go with, be sure to seek medical advice if your baby has a fever.