Dig­i­tal Ther­mome­ters

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ABOUT

Small chil­dren fall sick very often and it is very im­por­tant for par­ents to have an ac­cu­rate tem­per­a­ture in­case of an emer­gency. Par­ents should be able to re­spond quickly as an in­fant’s im­mune sys­tem is still de­vel­op­ing and can de­te­ri­o­rate very quickly. More­over, with an in­crease in aware­ness about the toxic risks that glass ther­mome­ters carry, par­ents have switched to dig­i­tal ther­mome­ters. They are easy to read and they pre­vent any ex­po­sure to mer­cury in­case the glass ther­mome­ter breaks. For this pur­pose, dig­i­tal ther­mome­ters are con­sid­ered safer and faster.

BEN­E­FITS

Pro­vides ac­cu­rate tem­per­a­ture: A dig­i­tal ther­mome­ter mea­sures the ac­tual body tem­per­a­ture, and not just at the sur­face level. The tem­per­a­ture fluc­tu­ates if the ther­mome­ter is placed on sur­faces like armpits or tongue due to rapid move­ments. A dig­i­tal ther­mome­ter can be placed in the rec­tum or ear, and uses in­frared laser that ac­cu­rately records the in­ter­nal tem­per­a­ture. Saves time: The use of glass ther­mome­ters were time con­sum­ing as one had to hold them in a place for a minute or two, to get a tem­per­a­ture read­ing. With dig­i­tal ther­mome­ter, you only need a sec­ond. No shak­ing of the de­vice is re­quired. You can sim­ply place it in the ear and the tem­per­a­ture is recorded in no time. Com­fort­able and con­ve­nient: In­fants don’t like to be nudged and they re­sist to any un­known ob­jects in­serted into their mouth or in the rec­tum. They feel a sense of fear. A dig­i­tal ear ther­mome­ter is gen­tle, non-in­va­sive and can be used even when the child is asleep. A child who is un­well is usu­ally rest­less and tends to wig­gle a lot. A dig­i­tal ear ther­mome­ter makes the process fast and smooth for both the user and the child.

LIM­I­TA­TIONS

Bat­tery is­sues: It is dif­fi­cult to de­ter­mine how much power is left in a dig­i­tal ther­mome­ter’s bat­tery. It makes it hard to pre­dict when it will die. Some­times, when it comes time to re­place the bat­tery, get­ting the ap­pro­pri­ate one can be­come a task as the bat­ter­ies used are spe­cialised and aren’t eas­ily avail­able. More­over, when the bat­tery is about to die, the tem­per­a­ture read­ings may be in­ac­cu­rate. Clean­ing: When it comes to clean­ing a dig­i­tal ther­mome­ter, you have to be care­ful to not get wa­ter in the me­chan­i­cal sys­tem as it will cause the de­vice to mal­func­tion and will be ren­dered de­funct. Not suit­able for new­borns: Dig­i­tal ear ther­mome­ters aren’t rec­om­mended for new­borns. Ear wax or small curved ear canal can in­ter­fere with the ac­cu­racy of a read­ing. More­over, us­ing a dig­i­tal the­mome­ter rec­tally can cause an in­fant dis­com­fort, and oral read­ings might cause some dif­fi­culty in breath­ing.

SAFETY MEA­SURES

Pur­chase an age-ap­pro­pri­ate ther­mome­ter for your child. Rec­tal ther­mome­ters can be used on a child of any age but they are rec­om­mended for new­borns. Since rec­tal ther­mome­ters can be un­com­fort­able, look for one with a flex­i­ble tip. Do not record your child’s tem­per­a­ture right af­ter a bath. There can be seen a rise in tem­per­a­ture af­ter a hot wa­ter bath. If you use a mul­tiuse ther­mome­ter, des­ig­nate it for just one area in or­der to avoid spread­ing bac­te­ria.

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