Ear Thermometers - Best For Baby?
What's Your Baby's Temperature?
Babies have less control over their body temperature than adults. You can usually tell that a baby is running a temperature just by putting your hand on their forehead or neck – don’t use the baby’s hands though as the temperature of the extremities can vary from body temperature due to ambient conditions.
Obviously this is just a rough guide to your baby’s temperature. There will be many occasions when you want a more accurate indication. The thing to do is to use a thermometer of course, and there are a number of different types available. Which one is best for you and your baby?
No Contact Forehead Thermometer
Different Types of Thermometer
Traditional Mercury Filled Glass Tube Thermometers
These are fine and are accurate. However, there’s always a risk of breakage and they need to be in place for a certain period of time to get a good reading. They need to be inserted in the mouth, under the arm or in the rectum. None of these are very good options if you have an unhappy, agitated baby as a patient.
Digital Stick Thermometer
Quite similar to a traditional thermometer, but battery operated, made of plastic – not glass – and with a digital read out. Insert under the baby’s arm for thirty seconds and you should get a pretty accurate reading with no operator error due to the digital readout.
Plastic Strip Thermometers
These are placed against your baby’s forehead and held there for around 15 seconds. They change colour to indicate temperature. They are cheap, relatively easy to use and fairly accurate. However, it is possible to misread them. If there is sweat on the forehead, this can affect the accuracy of the reading.
No Contact Scanner Thermometers
Babies don’t like to poked and prodded with strange objects anymore than the rest of us – so no contact scanning thermometers are a good option as they don’t require any contact with the body. No contact thermometers work by taking an infra-red reading of the skins temperature. A good point to do this is at the temple where the skin is very thin. However, perspiration can still have an effect on the accuracy of the reading. Most thermometers of this type will have a digital readout.
The ear is considered to give an accurate reflection of the body’s core temperature and should give you a quick and accurate reading. Most ear thermometers come with disposable caps which you put over the tip and then discard after each use to make it hygienic. Digital readouts are normal and prevent any user error.
Different Thermometer Types At Amazon
Which Type Is Best?
At the end of the day, all of the thermometers listed above will work. Which one you choose will probably depend a lot on your own personal preferences.
If you want to avoid reader error then it's probably best to choose one which has a digital readout.
From the point of view of not upsetting your baby, either a non contact infrared thermometer or an ear thermometer is probably best.
In terms of accuracy, the ear thermometer comes out on top.
So, overall - the baby ear thermometer is probably best - both for baby and for you.
Other Health Related Links
- Walk And Workout
Walking is a great way to lose weight - and it provides a whole host of other health benefits as well.
- Fitflops - A Workout While You Walk
What would you think if someone told you that all you had to do to make your legs leaner and your bum smaller was to pull on a different type of shoe each morning? You'd probably be pretty happy - or very...
- Walking To Lose Weight - The Many Benefits Of A Walk...
Walking is a great way to exercise. Apart from a good, comfortable pair of shoes you don't need any special equipment. You can fit it into your day to suit your schedule. You don't need to visit the gym - so...
- Omron Pedometers - Helping You To Monitor Your Progr...
Walking is a great way to take exercise. It's a low impact, low injury risk workout that anyone can do. There's no need for any special equipment and no need to visit the gym - so no monthly membership fees! ...
- Nordic Walking - Getting More Out Of Your Walking Wo...
Nordic walking originated in Finland (not Norway) when skiers wanted a way to keep fit during the summer months and prepare for the forthcoming winter skiing season. It basically involves walking with poles....
More by this Author
One of the great things about Amazon is the fact that it's a transparent market. That means that you can see what's selling well - which could be very handy for Amazon associates who want to maximize their earnings.
Skechers Shape Up shoes may look thick and chunky - but they can help you to get slim and shapely - with every step that you take. How do they work? Find out here.
Humanistic theory - developed by Abraham Maslow and Carl Rogers - suggests that everyone has the potential to contribute to society - if their personal needs are fulfilled.
No comments yet.