Child Health: The Easiest And Most Accurate Thermometers

Ready to retire your glass thermometer? Let this guide shows you how to pick the easiest and most accurate thermometer for your family.

For years glass thermometers were the only option when you needed to check your child's temperature. However, concerns over the potential for mercury poisoning, and modern advances in technology have led most people to retire their glass thermometers. If you're in the market for a new thermometer, but aren't sure what to buy, help is on the way. Just read on to learn which thermometers are the easiest and most accurate.

Digital Thermometers- Digital thermometers offer a straightforward design, which makes them perfect for home use. Just press the button on the top of the thermometer, and place it against the back of your child's tongue. Within 30 seconds the thermometer will beep to indicate that the reading is complete, and the results will appear on the thermometer's digital screen in easy to understand numeric form. (You can also use a digital thermometer to take temperature rectally or under the arm, if you prefer one of these methods.)

Digital thermometers carry a high degree of accuracy, and are very easy to maintain. Since these thermometers run on button batteries, like those found in watches and hearing aids, you can buy replacements as needed. Plus, with a digital thermometer there's no need to sterilize the device between uses. Just purchase a package of disposable covers for your thermometer, and place a new cover on before each use.

Digital thermometers are also a great choice if you're looking for a thermometer that's portable. Since this particular style of thermometer comes with a plastic cover, you can toss it in your purse or suitcase anytime you'll be away from home.

A new, easier to use digital thermometer was recently introduced to the market. Instead of the typical stick-like design, this model is curved, and hooks over the edge of a child's mouth. The benefit of such a design is that it increases the accuracy of the temperature reading by ensuring that the tip of the thermometer is held in the correct position throughout the reading. This design also comes with a handy carrying case.

Ear Thermometers- Ear thermometers are another popular option, and have received a lot of attention in recent years. This design uses infrared technology to read and record the temperature of your child's eardrum. To use this device, just hold it up to your child's ear, press a button, and a reading will appear on the digital display in as little as two seconds. This is a great option if you have a child who is reluctant to have his temperature taken.

While considered reliable, it's important to note that ear thermometers are generally not as reliable as digital thermometers. Due to the potential for inaccurate readings the American Academy of Pediatrics does not recommended its use for children under three months of age.

Forehead Thermometers- Forehead thermometers offer an easy, and nearly foolproof approach to taking temperature. Just place the plastic thermometer strip on your child's forehead, and wait for the reading to appear.

While forehead thermometers are easy to use, it's important to note that they are not the most accurate type of thermometer on the market. They can be used to determine whether or not your child has a fever, but they should not be used in situations when an exact reading is necessary.

There are a lot of great thermometers on the market, so spend a little time evaluating your family's needs and choose the one that's right for you.

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