How Accurate Is Your Baby Thermometer?
On this Page:
- Digital Baby Thermometers
- Digital Ear Thermometers
- Temporal Artery Thermometers
- Digital Pacifier Baby Thermometers
- In Summary
- Which is the BEST thermometer for my BABY?
- Which is the BEST thermometer for my TODDLER?
- Cherub Baby's Best Baby Thermometer
Wondering how to choose your baby thermometer? What’s the difference between a digital ear and a forehead thermometer? Is a rectal thermometer more accurate than an oral thermometer? Is an underarm thermometer right for babies and toddlers? How accurate are the temperature readings in digital and infrared thermometers?
These are just some of the questions you are probably asking if you are trying to choose your baby thermometer. Having a thermometer handy is important for taking your baby’s temperature. It helps to indicate if your baby’s sickness is treatable at home or if you need to take bub to the hospital or a doctor. Most babies will get sick sometime during their first year. But many parents can not really tell if baby has a fever.
Digital Baby Thermometers
Digital baby thermometers use electronic heat sensors to record body temperature. They’re main use is in the rectum, mouth or armpit. Armpit temperatures are typically the least accurate of the three. A rectal thermometer is best for young babies.
Digital Ear Thermometers
This particular type of thermometer uses an infrared scanner to measure the temperature inside the ear canal. But do remember that earwax or a small ear canal can interfere with the accuracy of an ear thermometer temperature reading.
Temporal Artery Thermometers
Temporal artery thermometers, also known as forehead thermometers, use an infrared scanner to measure the temperature of the temporal artery in the forehead. A forehead thermometer is very handy as it can even take a temperature while a child is sleeping.
Digital Pacifier Baby Thermometers
This particular type of thermometer has a digital sensor which records peak temperature. Your child simply sucks on the pacifier until the peak temperature is recorded. However, digital pacifier thermometers aren’t recommended for newborns. For the most accurate reading, your child must hold the pacifier still in his or her mouth for about three to five minutes which is often difficult for some hyperactive babies.
Basically, a rectal temperature is some 0.5ºC higher and an underarm temperature is 0.5ºC lower than measurements taken orally. Meanwhile, ear temperatures are a completely different method again and can be up to 0.6ºC higher than an oral temperature.
Which Is The BEST Thermometer For My BABY?
Which Is The BEST Thermometer For My TODDLER?
For babies and children above three months, taking a temperature rectally can be uncomfortable for your baby and difficult for you. An ear and forehead thermometer is therefore usually the most recommended by doctors because it is so reliable and accurate. It is also quick and easy to use. You just have to press a button to let the device know if you are measuring the temperature on the forehead or in the ears. Many doctors recommend taking the temperature on the forehead for those below one year old.