As a parent, your child’s health is undoubtedly the most important thing to you. Like most parents, you can attest that the times your child writhes in discomfort due to sickness is one of the lowest moments of your life. At a time when reports by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that the country is experiencing intense flu activity, you cannot afford to take anything for granted. Child fever being one of the early signs of flu and other serious diseases that affect young children, having a baby thermometer is crucial.

Which Type of Baby Thermometer Should You Use?

Firstly, the choice of thermometer to use when taking your kids temperature matters. There are different types of baby thermometers to choose from. Just ensure that the children thermometer that you use is safe and recommended for your child’s age. Digital thermometers are considered the best, the most accurate, and the safest children’s thermometer.

How to Take Temperature with a Baby Thermometer

There are several ways to take/measure temperature with a baby fever thermometer. They include:

  1. Inserting the thermometer in the ear

This method is also referred to as the tympanic method. It is advised for kids older than two years old, and it requires the use of the best ear thermometer. Directions for use are as follows:

  • Tenderly pull the ear back so that the ear canal can be straightened.

  • Insert the kid's ear thermometer until it seals off your child’s ear canal fully.

  • Keep the thermometer in place for two seconds or until it beeps.

  • Remove the ear thermometer and take the readings.

  1. Placing the thermometer on the forehead

This is referred to as the temporal method, and it involves placing a forehead baby thermometer on your baby’s forehead. Use as follows:

  • Place the forehead thermometer on the forehead for two to three seconds and avoid measuring near the eyebrows, then press the appropriate button until you hear a beep sound.

  • Check readings of the smart digital thermometer after it beeps.

  1. Inserting the thermometer in the anus/rectum

This is referred to as the rectal method, and it can be used on infants. Use as follows:

  • Start by applying petroleum jelly to the silver tip.

  • Place your baby on his back with his knees bent.

  • Tenderly insert the smart thermometer in the anus, about 1 inch (2.5 cm).

  • Wait for a about a minute or until the thermometer beeps.

  • Remove the thermometer and take the readings.

  1. Placing the thermometer under the armpit

This is referred to as the axillary method, and it's usually used on infants. Use as follows:

  • Put the tip of the newborn baby thermometer under his armpit.

  • Keep his arm tightly against his body.

  • Wait for a minute or until the thermometer beeps.

  • Remove the thermometer and take the basal body temp readings.

  1. Putting the thermometer in the mouth

This is referred to as the oral method, and it is recommended for kids over five years old. Use as follows:

  • Cautiously place the thermometer’s tip under your child’s tongue.

  • With his mouth closed, leave the thermometer for 1 minute or until it beeps

  • Remove the thermometer and take the readings.

Understanding the Readings of a Baby Thermometer

The average temperature varies from one method to another, with the average temperature using the oral method being 98.60F. When using the tympanic method, the temperature is higher than the oral temperature by a few degrees. When using the temporal method, the temperature is lower than the oral temperature.

Forehead and ear thermometers are among the fastest, most accurate and convenient thermometers. Translating the readings of these types of thermometers is pretty easy, especially when using a Bluetooth smart thermometer. Consider using Smart Digital Ear & Forehead Thermometer by Captain Eco, which displays readings in Fahrenheit Celsius oc.