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I have a toddler with a fever and a thermometer which I
HATE.....it's a ''safety 1st'' the kind that you're supposed to
zap into their ear and get an accurate reading...yeah, right!
I've never gotten the same reading twice. I've even taken the
dumb thing to my pediatrician and he can't even get it to read
accurately. So....what's everyone's recommendation for
replacing my crappy thermometer? I need something quick and
accurate for a wiggly 18 month old.
thanks (p.s....I'm sending the same request to my pediatrician
~~hot under the collar~~
Unfortunately, I believe the only thermometers which are truly accurate
for toddlers are the rectal variety. Everything I've read says that the ear
thermometers (all of them) are very unreliable.
Whenever I really wanted to know my son's temperature, I just held him
down on his tummy (crying and wiggling) for the two minutes it took for
the rectal thermometer to read.
There are thermometers that are stickers -- they adhere to the skin under the
baby's armpit and can stay there for up to two days. They measure axillary
temperature, so you need to add 1 to 1 1/2 degrees (it is such an inexact science
anyway, unless you are doing it orally or rectally -- it will at least let you know
whether they have a fever and whether it is high-grade). The stickers are extremely
convenient for the squirmy toddler and useful until they are old enought to keep
one under their tongues.
- Liking the stickers
You could try the forehead swipe variety, like www.exergen.com.
They're a little pricey, but Costco used to carry them.
exergen thermometer!!!!!! can't say enough about how easy it is. and there are
doctors from john hopkins and brigham and women's hospitals quoted on the
package. suppose to be as accurate as a rectal within one-tenth of a degree. it
measures the temperature in the temporal artery by a 2 second swipe on the side of
the forhead. easy to do while child is sleeping.
i bought ours at walgreens for $50, but then saw it at costco for $30. well worth it. i
consider it the perfect gift for new parents.
I reccommend the new kind by Vicks that has ''speed-read'' technology
or something like that on the package. I know, I was skeptical too, but
it's true-- it takes under 10 seconds to take my son's temp rectally, which
makes a big difference from the minute or so it took with the regular
thermometer. It costs more (I think about $17) but it's worth it. It also a
has thin, soft tip, which makes it easier to insert and seems to bother him
less. (I also put a bit of Vaseline on it). I asked my ped. about ear
thermometers and she said that they are basically inaccurate for this
age unless you have a really really expensive professional one like
hers. Good luck!
We've tried mercury, digital and ear thermometers before we
finally found the perfect thermometer - an infrared one. It is
called the Exergen TemporalScanner, and you take temperature by
scanning the temporal artery on the child's forehead. This
technology is fairly new - in fact so new that our pediatrician
had never heard about it - but according to a Harvard study it
is more accurate than an ear thermometer and at least as
accurate as digital. Read the reviews on Amazon. However, don't
buy it on Amazon - Costco sells it for much less (currently
$29.99, with a sale coming later this month). My two toddlers
love it - before we got this thermometer they hated to have
their temperature taken and now they beg us to scan them. Some
of the people on Amazon reported that they had trouble getting
the same reading twice, but we have not experienced this
problem. You have to figure out how to properly hold this
thermometer and then it is a breeze. (My physicist husband has
even used it to measure the kids' bath water temperature - the
thermometer sends out infrared light so there is no contact -
but I wouldn't recommend doing that ;)
We'd like to get an ear thermometer to use for our 16 month old son (as well as
ourselves). When we bought one from the local pharmacy recently, we had to return
it, as it gave very different temperature readings each time we tried it (and all low!)
We attempted to pull the ear out in the way described in the instructions
(cumbersome and we were never sure we had it right). Does anyone have a
reccomendation for a good brand that is simple to use and accurate?
We purchased an ear monitor when our daughter (now 4) was
small, probably for the same reasons you are interested (ease
of use, accuracy). We have been told by SEVERAL doctors, that
these thermometers are just not very accurate. It has been
recommended that using a regular thermometer under the armpit
is more accurate, and most sick children will put up with that.
Also, if there is a fever associated with an ear infection, the
ear thermometer is not a good idea. If I were you I'd save your
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