Baby thermometers are one of the most important items for any new parent’s medicine cupboards. Choosing one from the selection available, can be difficult. With so many to choose from, you might also wonder if the same one you use for adults and older children is okay.
To help you, we are going to look at some important things to look for in baby thermometers, the various kinds available and why you should invest in one designed for babies.
Important Things to Look For
When trying to decide on the thermometer that is best for your baby, there are a number of factors you need to consider.
As a thermometer is the first port of call for determining just how sick or ill your baby is, you want one that will give you as accurate readings as possible. While digital probe models are considered to be the most accurate, temple and ear thermometers are not far off.
Time it Takes to Get A Reading
The time it takes to get a reading is another aspect to consider. Generally speaking, probe thermometers can deliver an accurate reading within 60 seconds or less, often 10 seconds is all it takes. Forehead and ear thermometers are also fast and can deliver readings within 3 seconds in some cases, and ideal if you want a hassle-free method.
Think about the way a particular model displays its readings. The larger the display, the easier it will be for you to read. Backlit displays are obviously essential, for those nocturnal temperature checks.
Two other important considerations to make is whether or not a particular thermometer you are looking at makes clear and loud enough noises when they are ready to take readings and when they have finished. You may also want to invest in a model with a special feature that displays or sounds an alert tone if your baby has a temperature that is higher than it should be.
Different Types of Baby Thermometers
As noted earlier, there are various types of baby thermometers available. Some are obviously better than others. To help you figure out which is the best for you, let’s look briefly at each of the most common.
Forehead Thermometer Strips
If you invest in forehead strips thinking that they are going to be accurate enough to use on their own, you’re wrong. However, that doesn’t mean they aren’t handy to have around. They are cheaper and safe to use on babies, but just be aware that they only take the temperature of your little one’s skin.
Have you noticed that most doctors and other medical staff tend to use digital ear thermometers on babies? This is because they are painless and hassle-free and provide quick, accurate results.
Everything seems to be heading towards contactless these days, and thermometers are no exception. No-contact thermometers utilize infrared to take a reading of your baby’s temperature via their forehead.
We mentioned earlier that we would note why it might be better to use baby thermometers instead of the traditional kind you’d use on adults. Generally speaking, although they are accurate, oral thermometers are not recommended because they are less comfortable to use and often can cause issues if your baby bites down a little too hard on them.
So, although it can be overwhelming when faced with a huge array of different baby thermometers, we hope our guide helps you find the best one for your needs and preferences.