A.P. asks from Saint Paul, MN on March 21, 2008
I am trying to find a good thermometer. I have tried a couple of the in the ear ones but have not been pleased with their innacuracy. Does anyone have some recomendations? I also dont want to spend more then around 30 dollars if possible.
A.F. answers from Milwaukee on March 24, 2008
I have to say that I agree with Annette. The Exergen has been amazing. I used to try to get a consistent reading with the 2 brands of ear thermometores on my girls when they were healthy so I could learn. They're both terrible. The Exergen has been a dream in comparison. You can find them at Walgreens as well.
J.M. answers from Des Moines on March 24, 2008
I also have the thermoscan thermometer that goes across the forehead and love it. I can take my boys temp very fast and while they are sleeping without waking them.
J.H. answers from Omaha on March 24, 2008
We ran into the same issue. Although our children are older now, we bought one for the forehead at Costco. It's very similar to what the physician offices are using. The cost was $30.
A.H. answers from Minneapolis on March 24, 2008
I have 4 children of my own, with my oldest being almost 11 and I do inhome daycare. I have tried several different thermometers and the method I like best is just a regular priced digital thermometer and use it under the childs arm and then just add 1 degree. Just place the thermometer in the center of the armpit way at the top (snuggle it in there, but not so hard that the child says it hurts) and then hold the thermometer and just gently hold their arm in down to their side so the thermometer stays in place.It's the cheapest method and the method I have found the most accurate for home use.
S.L. answers from Lincoln on March 24, 2008
We LOVE the Vicks thermometer! It has a color changing screen and our 2 year old will actually sit still just to see what color it will be!! I think I paid about $7 for it and it works great.
A.B. answers from Waterloo on March 24, 2008
We have a thermometer that is vicks brand and it takes about 7 seconds under the arm, 5 sec under the tounge and 3 sec rectally. It seems to be very accurate and it is very fast so that is the bonus. It is only about 15 dollars. Hope you can find one!
S.S. answers from Milwaukee on March 24, 2008
The best and most accurate on the market today is the temporal thermometers...you just quickly scan them across your child's forehead!!! Here's a link to it:
R.Z. answers from St. Cloud on March 24, 2008
After talking to my sister-in-law who is a nurse, she told me they do not like the ear thermometers because they are not accurate. I have one that Safety 1ST makes and I love it. You can either take your babies temp under the arm or at the temple. I think I found it at Walmart and it was $20-$30. My son is 18 months old and will sit very still for the ten seconds it takes to read his temp.
Wish you luck.
A.J. answers from Minneapolis on March 24, 2008
I HIGHLY, HIGHLY recommend an Exergen Temoral Artery Thermometer. It's the type they now use in hospitals. All it requires is a quick glide across the forehead and it gives an accurate reading. It's so easy you can measure a temperature while your child is sleeping and he/she won't even notice. I got mine from Costco for just under $30.