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.
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.
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.
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.