When Using a Forehead Thermometer is Best For Your Child

Marilynn Dawson By Marilynn Dawson, 11th Aug 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/3p-gly5h/
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This article takes a look at the different thermometers available to you as the parent when monitoring your child's temperature.


Forehead thermometers, like all thermometers, are intended to assist the parent in gauging a family member's temperature. There are various kinds of thermometers out there that usually assist with gauging the body's internal temperature: oral thermometers, rectal thermometers, and ear thermometers. Each have their uses.

Traditional Thermometers

The oral thermometer is good for checking internal temperature via the mouth cavity. The rectal thermometer is good for checking the internal temperature of a young infant who would not otherwise be able to hold an oral thermometer in their mouth for the required length of time. The ear thermometer of course, is intended to assist parents in learning the temperature of the ear canal. This is handy in cases of ear infections and such.

Forehead Wand Thermometer

The forehead thermometer is most generally used for aiding parents in gauging skin temperature of the forehead of a child suffering a fever. The quickest thermometer for gauging fever temperatures is the infrared thermometer. It can usually give you a reading in very short order, as in 3 to 5 seconds for some units. Depending on the brand and model you purchase, the manner in which this reading is gathered may change. Some units require you to glide the infrared thermometer over the skin while the child is laying still. Other units require you to hover the unit over the child while they lay still. In either case, the child must be laying still to get a reading from an infrared-style thermometer.

Forehead Strp Thermometer

A second type of forehead thermometer is the fever strip. Usage tends to be simpler than the infrared design, but results may not always match up with clinical expectations. This relegates these types of thermometers to the first-aid kit. They are generally good at telling the parent if the child's temperature has begun to spike after a few seconds or so of being on the child's forehead. Some brands of fever strips are reusable, others are single-use only. They are generally not recommended for children under three years of age.


The comfort levels of these two types of forehead temperature readers generally set them in the preferred status compared to oral and rectal thermometers in children older than 3 years of age. When your child is not feeling well, comfort is important and greatly appreciated when accommodated. You'll want to do your homework and test a unit whenever a pharmacist will allow. The method you are most comfortable administering will be the one you as the parent will want to invest in for the health of your child.


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