Choosing the Right Baby Thermometer
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Times have changed and mums now need to rely a lot more on new technology to keep them posted on baby’s condition. A fever can be one of the symptoms of an underlying illness or just the baby’s own defense mechanism against an infection. A fever alone is not a disease. Instead it is a natural reaction of the body to ward off a bacterial or viral infection. But before we discuss ways to contain a fever, taking an accurate temperature from your baby is the first thing to do.
But, what is the right baby thermometer?
Is it a digital baby thermometer or an old glass baby thermometer? An armpit, oral, rectal or forehead thermometer? The majority of mums we talked to recently suggest that a digital thermometer is the most convenient thing to use. Gone are the days when taking a temperature means looking at a glass tube laced with dangerous mercury.
While rectal thermometers give the most accurate results, these are not readily available for use. In addition, many parents are hesitant to use a rectal thermometer. Improper use may cause injuries to the baby due to a lack of knowledge in using the thermometer.
Another suggestion for an easy and accurate reading is a digital ear and forehead thermometer using infrared technology.
An ear or forehead thermometer such as Cherub Baby’s 4 in1 Infrared Digital Ear and Forehead Thermometer is a non-invasive thermometer. It is less troublesome to use compared to a rectal thermometer.
If the kids are upset because they are hot, the forehead thermometer can easily be used by sliding it slowly across the forehead. The reading only takes a matter of seconds.
The Cherub Baby 4 in 1 Infrared Digital Ear and Forehead thermometer works without probe covers and is easy to operate. It is hygienic, comfortable and provides very accurate readings. Its accuracy is second to none. Plus it has 4 features – ear thermometer, forehead thermometer, ambient room thermometer and digital clock display. You can take measurements of a sick child and keep track of time and changes to any fevers.
How does a digital thermometer work?
The temporal artery in the forehead emits the heat from the skin. The forehead thermometer, using infrared technology can pick it up and give an instant temperature reading. Mums need not have an agonising wait as temperature readings show immediately.
It can be used on a baby when the baby is awake or asleep. However, do not forget that if you are bringing in the baby thermometer from another room that is cold, you will need to wait a few minutes. This tool picks up heat and variance in temperature which may affect its accuracy.
So the next time your baby is showing symptoms, simply check the temperature using your ear and forehead thermometer. Early detection of a lingering illness will help if you need professional medical advice.
The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this article.