A baby thermometer is always the first item that parents should include in the family medical kit. You don’t need to rush to the phone every time you spot a rise in your baby’s temperature, but parents of newborn baby do need to keep a good track of temperatures of the little one. A fever rises to 100.4 in a baby under three-month is considered medical emergency. The risk of a disease rises significantly as the body temperature remains high. That's why having a reliable and high quality baby thermometer is essential for parents.
- Two important things you will look for in a baby thermometer
- How infrared thermometers work and how accurate and indicative they are
- How to use an infrared thermometer
Two Important Things You Will Look for in a Baby Thermometer
Accuracy is always the most important feature you should look for when choosing a thermometer for babies or adults alike. The accuracy varies with the different kinds of thermometers in use. In general, rectal thermometers and forehead thermometers are the most accurate ones. Best indicative of the core temperature of the body, they are the medical devices adopted in most clinics and hospitals. Ear thermometers and armpit thermometers are choices of many parents because they are easy to use with quite accurate readings. As for oral thermometers, they often come in the form of pacifiers that babies can suck in the mouth while taking the temperatures. While it is cute in shape and makes tempo-taking less intimidating, it is not the most accurate thermometer on the market.
Apart from accuracy, fast reading should also be the priority for baby thermometers. Kids can be really hyperactive (you tell me!!) sometime, and you don't have to guess what will happen if you wake up a baby while taking his/her temperature. So fast, do it fast!
Here is a summary of time needed for different kinds of thermometers to get readouts: digital ones of forehead thermometer, ear thermometers and armpit thermometers can give readings in just seconds; while rectal thermometers and oral thermometers will take two to three minutes to get an accurate reading.
How Infrared Thermometers Work and How Accurate and Indicative They Are
Doctors and pediatricians suggest that infrared thermometers are one of the most accurate and consistent ways to know whether or not your child has a fever. The forehead skin is over the temporal artery, which carries blood from the heart, making it accurate and reliable to measure core temperature. An infrared thermometer uses an infrared sensor to measure the heat from the forehead. The devices' readouts are designed to equal rectal temperatures and they can be used on children of any age.
How to Use an Infrared Thermometer
When taking the temperature, point the infrared thermometer at the forehead of your baby at a five inches' range. At a push of the button, the readings (in both Fahrenheit and Celsius) are nearly instantaneous. No touch, sterile and quick. The method is so gentle, it can be done on sleeping children.
- Make sure no hair covering the baby forehead;
- If your little one is sweating, wait 10-15 mins before the measurements;
- If your child has eaten or drunk any hot food or liquid, it is best to wait around 15 to 20 minutes before taking their temperature.
- When switched to the Object Mode, the infrared thermometer can also be used to measure the temperatures of baby food, milk, bathing water as well as room temperature.
Pediatricians recommend that parents practice using baby thermometers to become familiar with not only the process of taking a baby's temperature but reading the results. Being able to accurately read the results can cause parents less anxiety when the baby does have a fever. It also helps the parents know when the child's fever is serious enough to require a doctor's care. Being parents can be of constant panic and anxiety, an accurate and instant read thermometer will help parents be more adept at it.
For your little angel and the whole family.