R.D. asks from Johnstown, CO on April 28, 2008
Need Better Themometer
Hi all. Although I have a million questions on eating habits, sleeping, etc. Today I just need some recommendations on a good thermometer. We currently have two around the 10 dollar range I think. Just basic little one that can be used orally, rectally, and under arm. We know our daughter had a fever last night, and we got 3 differetn readings from both thermometers! Ugh - frustrating. One gave a Lo error report & the other the readings ranged from 101 to 97. I'm going out to get one that wont cause that kind of confusion. What do you all use & recommend? Thanks so much
So What Happened?™
Hey thanks for the advice. My ped told me that the temporal thermometers are the most accurate & run about 150 bucks. But he also said the number doesnt really matter, if your child is hot, treat the fever. (I think one mom said that too.) Anyhoo, we will probably get an ear one or something in 40 to 50 dollar range & use the little digital ones we have now as a back up. Given that our daughter has had a mild fever off and on now for a week & we have been to doc twice (she checked out ok) I have had a crash course in temperature/fever. Thanks again
A.R. answers from Denver on April 28, 2008
for about 50 bucks you can get a temporal thermometer. My ped uses them as well. They are very accurate. The closest you can come without doing the rectal thing. I have had it for years and love it. So easy to use and completely painless. They sell them at babies r us.
T.M. answers from Salt Lake City on April 28, 2008
I get terrified if my daughter gets a fever. She was taken by ambulance for a fever seizure when she was 10 months old. At the follow up appointment with her pediatrician I asked the same question with complete frustration. His responce was no thermometer. He said, you know if your child is running a fever. The number really doesn't matter and will probably scare you anyways. So he advised me that when I know she has a fever to manage her fever regardless of the number. If you are not able to manage the fever get help. Take her to the hospital. Also don't change her environmental temperature drastically. Don't make her shiver, because that will cause the temp to spike and can cause a fever seizure.
You can rotate tylenol and motrin on a (3) hour schedule to manage the fever.
J.O. answers from Boise on April 28, 2008
I have been looking into the ones like the hospitol uses cause I am sick of fighting them, the ear termometers are good but can also be a pain especially if the pain is form their little ears, you might want to invest in the other ones also.
M.B. answers from Salt Lake City on April 28, 2008
Get the ear thermometer. They take readings in no time so you can do multiple readings if you are unsure. I usually take a reading in both ears to make sure they match and if they don't I will repeat it.
D.K. answers from Denver on April 28, 2008
I still take my kids temp with a under the arm thermometer. Add a degree with your reading on under the arm. I have tested several kinds and we have three different ones, they all come up the same. I took it under the arm and wanted to see how far off it is was and did it under my daughters tongue, if you add a degree when taking it under the arm, then it is exact to under the tongue. Most kids are too little for the ear ones unless you spend a lot more money.
I am not sure why you got three readings unless you didn't leave it long enough. Get a child one that beeps when the time is up. Add a degree. I couldn't bring myself to ever doing rectal with my kids feeling badly anyway and they have to be so still with it rectally, just never went that way.
I did get a in the ear thermometer at one point that was by Vicks and it was about $30, I didn't like it.
I still stick with under the arm, I think the ones I have are a Vicks one, Step 2 one and another one I got at Target.
R.F. answers from Salt Lake City on April 28, 2008
I have a digital one (you stick in the ear and it takes like 3 sec.) I bought at Costco. It cost around $30...but after I bought it I wondered how I ever got along without it. It's a must have for any mom-in my opinion!