How to Pick the Best Thermometer for Your Baby or Toddler
How to measure your kid’s temperature in a quick and precise way? A reliable digital thermometer for babies should be a part of your kit from the start, because your newborn’s temperature needs to be carefully monitored. We’ll tell you which baby thermometer you should buy and how to measure their temperature effectively.
Basic Types of Kids’ Thermometers
Kids’ thermometers are suited to the needs of children and you can pick from various contact or non-contact types that often feature other time-saving functions.
Contact Thermometers for Kids
Contact thermometer or touch thermometer can be used in the armpit, in the ears, and also orally or rectally. The measuring itself takes a bit longer than with the contactless version and the sensor needs to be in direct contact with the body. This means that your child needs to keep still while their temperature is being taken. A classic thermometer also has to be sanitised before and after every use.
Non-contact Thermometers for Kids
Contactless thermometer or infrared thermometer uses infrared light and only needs a few seconds to show the result. This type of thermometer is very precise and great for newborns or restless kids. You can choose a forehead thermometer, an ear thermometer, or one used on the temples. Some multi-purpose thermometers allow you to also measure room temperature or the temperature of food, bath water etc.
Other Uses for Kids’ Thermometers
When choosing the right kids’ thermometer, pay attention to features that might make the measuring process easier.
- A display with large digits helps you read the temperature quickly. Some thermometers have a backlit LCD display for easy measuring in the dark.
- A memory function saves the temperature, date and time of the last few measurements for a better control.
- An audio signal tells you when the measuring’s done.
- An automatic off-switch saves battery life.
- A voice guide will read the results aloud.
- A mobile app connects with the device and saves data about the last few measurements, even if you’re using several thermometers.
- A flexible tip is more practical for measuring.
How to Take Your Kid’s Temperature?
For little babies, you can get the most accurate reading by taking their temperature rectally. This procedure gets a little trickier with toddlers, so try measuring in the ears or mouth instead. Older kids are usually able to handle standard measuring in the armpit or on the forehead. Always read the instructions before the first use to make sure that you’re using the thermometer in the most effective way possible.
- A rectal thermometer is usually a contact thermometer you insert into your baby’s rectum. Start by applying a bit of nappy rash cream, vaseline or baby oil to the tip of the thermometer and laying your kid on their back with knees pointing towards the tummy. A rectal thermometer for babies only needs to be inserted about 2cm deep to accurately measure the temperature. Wait at least 20 seconds to read the result.
- Oral measuring is usually performed with toddlers and older kids using a contact thermometer you place into the hollow under their tongue. The child should stay completely calm throughout the process. You can also use a baby thermometer in the form of a dummy with a display – this way you can take your kid’s temperature while they’re sleeping.
- Both contact and no-touch thermometers can be used to measure temperature in the ear with very precise results. Wait at least 30 seconds when using a contact thermometer – using a non-contact one only takes a few seconds.
- Forehead temperature measuring is performed with a no-touch thermometer or a forehead contact thermometer you simply place against the forehead for about 15 seconds.
- Armpit measuring uses a contact thermometer for kids and represents a reliable method to use with older children.
Our tip: Both contact and non-contact thermometers for babies should be thoroughly cleaned with a wet cloth and put back in their case after every use. This ensures their good longevity and reliable results with every use.
Precise and painless measuring of body temperature is a crucial part of taking care of your baby. You can choose from a number of playful designs for boys and girls, devices with large displays for easy reading, or sticky thermometers for kids that turn the whole process into a thrilling game. Thermometers for newborns also come as part of handy starter kits with other baby products that will make an amazing gift for new parents.