Researchers and study discover differences in temperature reading. The study and research have been confusing to moms mostly new moms how accurate is a baby thermometer. Also, when buying a baby thermometer, one of the critical things you should check, look for, consider is accuracy. This article helps clear the confusion and doubt parents have about baby thermometer accuracy. How accurate is the baby thermometer depends on the three things: 1. Ways of taking temperature There are different ways to take the baby temperature. Such means of taking temperature include: Placing the thermometer in the ear When taking a baby temperature using the ear, the thermometer is either placed behind the ear or inserted into the baby ear canal. The type of thermometer you use to take an ear temperature is ear thermometer. The ear thermometer is also called tympanic thermometer. The ear canal is most preferred compared to positioning the thermometer behind the ear. When thermometer is placed in the ear canal it sensors infrared heat/ radiation released by the eardrum providing accurate results The only problem with this method when the thermometer is not positioned the correct place may give an inaccurate result. Also, taking temperature into the baby ear canal is suitable for children below six months because the ear canal is still developing and too narrow to fit the thermometer probe. The ear thermometer may give inaccurate results if there is wax or debris in the ear canal. The method is not suitable if the ear is injured, infected, recovering from injured and sore. Most moms complain taking temperature behind the ear does not give accurate results, but I noticed most parents don’t know how to place the thermometer at the right place. When the method is used correctly, it gives accurate results. What you need is to place the thermometer in the soft hollow behind the earlobe. It is an ideal spot because it is close to the carotid artery which carries blood to the brain. Make sure thermometer sits on the exact spot to get accurate results Taking temperature rectally Rectally is one of the best methods of taking the baby temperature. The thermometer is inserted into the baby anus. The method is best for age from newborn to three years Taking temperature of the baby forehead Taking the baby temperature forehead is most commonly and new used in hospitals. You use forehead/temporal artery thermometer to take the temperature. The thermometer sensors infrared waves or radiation released by temporal artery on the forehead to take the baby temperature The forehead thermometer is swiped across the forehead (between hairline and eyebrows) Under the arm As the name suggests the baby temperature is taken under the arm or the armpit. The thermometer used to take the temperature under the arm is called armpit or axillary thermometer. It is least accurate and cheap method to take the temperature, so not highly recommended. The reason why is inaccurate method it takes an external reading. The method could give fault results if the baby is over covered or dressed during the time you are taking the temperature. Also, if the armpit has a sweat it may give inaccurate results For accurate results use armpit thermometer for screening and double check using rectal, ear or oral thermometer. The method is not suitable for children who cannot hold the thermometer under the arm. Under the tongue These methods you take the temperature by placing the thermometer under the tongue. It is suitable for children who are capable of holding the thermometer for a time under the tongue. The type of thermometer that takes the temperature under the tongue is called oral thermometer. The oral thermometer is suitable for old children from age three years and above. The method is not suitable for the little baby because it is likely to suck and try to swallow the thermometer causing choking. 2. Age of your child There are so many types of the thermometer in the market, and each one of them is the best fit for the specific age. For instance, from newborn to six months for you to get accurate results the best way to take the baby temperature is rectal. There are digital thermometers that are meant to take the temperature rectally such as Vicks baby rectal. Recently researchers have shown that forehead thermometer gives accurate readings for newborns From six months to 3 years armpit, ear, forehead and rectal gives the precise result for such age. Three years and above you can use forehead, ear, oral and armpit to get accurate results When buying the thermometer read manufacturer instruction to make sure is suitable for baby age. 3. Correct usage. Positioning the thermometer Incorrect may result in an inaccurate reading. Learn how to position the thermometer correctly to get accurate readings. Learn different types of thermometer and how to position correctly to get accurate readings. Hoping the above guide will help you know how accurate your baby thermometer is. Also you can read how to clean thermometer to prevent spread of germs from one child to another or from one area to another.
Baby Thermometer is one of the necessary items every mom should have. The baby thermometer helps mom check the baby temperature to determine whether there is illness present. The baby thermometer is not only used to check the temperature of the child monitors the temperature of your baby’s room, food and bathing water. Choosing the baby thermometer can be a tedious task mostly to new mom because there are many types of baby thermometer available out there. If you read this article from beginning to end, you will be able to know the types of baby thermometer and how to pick the right one for your baby. Types of baby thermometer Oral thermometer The oral thermometer is a type of thermometer that is placed under the tongue. This type of thermometer is suitable for children four years and above who are capable of holding it under the tongue the required time. There are sold in the form of digital stick thermometer, and the best oral thermometer have a flexible tip which is comfortable for taking the temperature. Rectal thermometer Research has shown that a rectal thermometer is the most accurate baby thermometer. The rectal thermometer is inserted into the baby anus. This type of thermometer is designed in the form of digital stick thermometer When choosing a rectal thermometer, it should have a wide flexible tip which makes it impossible to insert more than the required inch. Most moms are nervous taking their baby temperature rectally, but the modern thermometer has made this easy because they are thermometer made explicitly of taking temperature rectally and have wide flexible tips It is best-fit children from newborn to three years Tympanic thermometer The tympanic thermometer is used to take the baby temperature inside the ear canal. It uses infrared rays to take the temperature in the baby ear canal. Tympanic thermometer is not best for children below six months because the ear is still developing and the canal is narrow to fit the tip. This type of thermometer can give inaccurate results if they are not positioned correctly. Thanks to the Braun ear thermometer is designed with unique positioning system which light and beeps when appropriately positioned. The tympanic thermometer may give an incorrect reading if the ear canal has wax. It cannot be used if the baby has ear infection or injured Tympanic thermometers are designed using infrared. Behind ear thermometer These are not common thermometer available in the market. Most moms complain they give incorrect results, but I’ve realized why the outcomes are inaccurate. Parents don’t know how to place the thermometer at the right place. The thermometer is placed in the soft hollow behind the earlobe. The position is close to the carotid artery which transports blood to the brain. Forehead thermometer The forehead thermometers are the newest and modern thermometer available on the market. The research has shown the forehead thermometers are ideal for children of all ages. This type of thermometer uses infrared rays to take the temperature. The thermometer is placed between hairline and eyebrow, and then you swipe across the forehead. It senses infrared waves released by temporal artery on the forehead giving an accurate reading. Armpit thermometer As the name suggests armpit, the thermometer is placed under the arm. It is the least accurate type of thermometer because they take an external reading. The thermometer might give inaccurate results if the temperature is taken when the baby is over dresses or covered. For accurate result counter check the baby temperature using other types of thermometer likes rectal, oral or forehead. Strip thermometer The strip thermometers are stuck on the baby skin to take the temperature. The thermometer gives inaccurate reading because it takes skin temperature and not baby’s body temperature Pacifier thermometer The Pacifier thermometer is the thermometer inside the pacifier. The pacifier thermometers are placed inside the baby mouth and suck to give temperature readings. Pacifier thermometer is not recommended by the pediatrician because they give inaccurate results. Most of them don’t have alert features to notify when readings are ready Wearable thermometer The wearable thermometers are in the form of the bracelet which can be worn on the baby wrist or ankle. Most of this thermometer work together with Smartphone, tablet or other electronic devices. Once the temperature is taken is transmitted to your electronic device
Almost all baby products require thorough cleaning and sanitizing after every use to prevent the spread of germs.
How to sanitize baby products
How to clean thebaby thermometer depends on the type of thermometer you have.
How to clean ear baby thermometer
You only need to clean the probe and tip of ear thermometer using lukewarm soapy water.
You can also clean the probe with an alcohol swab.
Use a soft dry cloth to wipe to clean the other parts of the ear thermometer.
Do not use any cleaning agents to clean body of the ear thermometer.
How to clean rectal baby thermometer
Rectal thermometer need to be cleaned before or after use
You just need to clean the tip of the rectal thermometer with rubbing alcohol or lukewarm soapy water.
Then rinse with cold water and let it dry.
Use soft dry cloth should clean the other part of the rectal thermometer.
How to clean forehead baby thermometer
Wipe the forehead sensor with alcohol moistened cloth and let it dry
Do not immerse or pour liquids on the sensor.
Note never use cleaning detergent to clean body part of the thermometer or immerse the thermometer in liquids while cleaning.
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