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Infrared forehead thermometers are designed to be quick and non-invasive to use – theoretically, they’re so gentle on your baby you can check their temperature without even necessarily waking them up. Some parents find that it can be tricky to get a consistent result, so instead figure out the average of the results.
Ear thermometers, like forehead thermometers, are usually able to give you a very quick result – which is great, as you don’t want to be messing around with an unwell or fussy baby, trying to get their temperature. They have some limitations, for example, you generally can’t use them to check the temperature of a newborn. Also, they need to be correctly positioned to get an accurate result, which may be difficult to do if baby is upset and uncomfortable with having something placed in their ear.
The price on the ear thermometers can vary greatly (from $20 to over $100), and it is a product where it’s worth paying for quality.
With this option, you just pop the dummy into your baby’s mouth and it reads their temperature like an oral thermometer. Parents appreciate that it settles baby while also reading their temperature. (My personal experience with this type of thermometer didn’t go so well, because my baby wouldn’t take a dummy from about 3 months onward!)
These are described as “regular thermometers” or “armpit thermometers”. Simple and inexpensive, they’re generally accurate. They have a couple of drawbacks: they can take up to a minute to get a reading, which can be difficult with a squirming baby, and some babies really dislike having the thermometer tucked under their arm, especially if they’re already upset due to illness. So it can be difficult to get a reading if you can’t keep the thermometer next to baby’s skin long enough.
If you have any questions or concerns about your baby’s health you should seek professional advice – for example, Health Direct offer a 24-hour phone service to talk to a qualified nurse about any health concerns.
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