You probably go your entire adult life BC (Before Children) with a very minimalist approach to a medicine cabinet in your house. A packet of Tylenol and a bottle of Pepcid if you're lucky, right? Parents though. Parents are a different story. Suddenly a whole cupboard is taken over to illnesses, bumps and bruises. And one of the first tools in a parent's armoury will be the thermometer. We've reviewed the market and have our top 3 best thermometers for kids. Take a look.
When reviewing the market we've looked at a number of factors. Accuracy is vital, as is ease of use (wrestling a small child to try to take their temperature isn't fun) and price. Here's are top 3.
iProven Ear Thermometer
( 4.2 out of 5.0 )
Innovo Forehead and Ear Thermometer (Dual Mode)
( 4.8 out of 5.0 )
?Exergen Temporal Artery Thermometer TAT-2000C
( 4.3 out of 5.0 )
You're going to need a thermometer if you have children. You'd be amazed how often you'll be getting it out, particularly when they're babies. Their immune systems just aren't as developed as ours. They are still developing. Add this to the fact that children tend to have closer contact with each other than we do, and you can see how illnesses will spread.
Did you know that a fever, although always a cause for concern for any parent, is often a sign that your child's immune system is doing its job and fighting infection? Obviously is a young infant under 12 weeks it's a major concern, but as kids get older fevers can actually be a positive sign. Not to say that it shouldn't be monitored. As many as 5% of children are at risk of seizures with fever. These can be terrifying for a parent to watch, and you should get your child checked by a physician.
If you have kids already you'll know why you need one. You'll want to get an accurate reading of their temperature so that you can get them better as fast as possible and get them back riding on the best self balancing scooter again. If not, and you're buying for the expected new arrival, then trust us, you will absolutely need one. So let's look at the different options.
There are an awful lot of options out there!
Here are some tips on how to use thermometer's to take your child's temperature.
But don't worry if this is all a bit confusing. We've tried what's available and come up with the best options.
You can spend as much or as little as you want on a thermometer for kids. Our top three are all higher-end electrical products. They are the best option for regular use, accurate and easy to use temperature readings.
I love that this product is suitable for the entire family. With infants under 1 you are recommended to use the ear for a more accurate temperature. It is precise for the whole family, easy to use and gives results quickly.
It is a great thermometer. I always want to use an ear thermometer for infants under 1 year old, but struggle to use these with older children or myself. Now here's a thermometer that does both. And thanks to the infra-red technology, you know that the forehead measurement is just as accurate. Love that it store 20 readings in the memory - really useful when you need to call the physician and report on your child's temperature, and the AAA batteries will last thousands of readings.
This thermometer has only recently been made available to the public. It does need to be properly cleaned to ensure accurate measurement. The sensor is extremely sensitive so any dirt or oil will affect the reading. You need to check and clean the sensor regularly. Information on looking after the thermometer is included in the box, just make sure that you follow it!
Another infra-red thermometer. This time for ear only. So you know that it's highly accurate But what I love about this thermometer is it is small and durable and easy to carry around and store. So not sure a large piece of equipment as some of the infra-reds on the market.
This is really easy to use and gives a great accurate reading. If you are happy to use an ear-only thermometer, this is the best value for money. I love that you just get it out the box and use it. No fussing looking for the correct sized tip, just pop it in, press and measure.
This does exactly what it says it will. And for anyone who is happy for an ear only thermometer this is absolutely brilliant. However, if you want a thermometer that lets you take readings via your forehead (not least for yourself), then this one may not be for you.
Things have come a long way since the simple mercury thermometer. The temporal artery thermometer takes things to another level. It uses infra-red so is quick and accurate, bit the Temporal Scanner thermometer has patented software that provides arterial heat balance. Very accurate and can be used for the whole family via a forehead sweep of the thermometer!
Well it works brilliantly, it doesn't need to be cleaned and can be used on yourself really easily. Also it doesn't need to be cleaned, is in effect self-cleaning. Has to be a good thing!
So why isn't this at number 1? Really it is just because it doesn't work so well on damp skin. And I don't know about you, but often my children get a little damp with sweat with fever. And although there are instructions about taking the temperature by sweeping near the side of the ear instead of the forehead in this situation to make sure the reading is accurate, I feel that for ease of use the other two edge this one out. But only just!
I love how accurate, easy to use, flexible (ear or forehead) and user friendly with the temperature storage option this thermometer is. A great buy. That said, any of the top three will do a great job.