When you're a parent, there's nothing more worrisome than your child being sick. And when your little one is running a fever, that worry can quickly turn into full-blown panic.
Of course, the first thing you want to do is find out what their temperature is. But with all the different types of baby thermometers on the market, it can be tough to know which one to choose. Don't worry, we're here to help!
Stick with us as we break down the different types of baby thermometers and help you decide which one is right for your family.
The Classic Glass Thermometer
You know the one—it's the kind that your grandparents used on you when you were a baby. And there's a reason it's been around for so long; it's tried and true!
Just stick it under your baby's tongue for about 60 seconds and voila, you've got their temperature. Of course, if your little one is anything like ours were at that age, they're not going to sit still long enough to let you take an accurate reading. In which case, we recommend...
The Underarm Thermometer
If your child is too fidgety for a classic glass thermometer, no problem! An underarm thermometer will do the trick just as well. Just pop it under their armpit and hold it there for about 10 seconds (bonus points if you can get them to keep their arm still that long!). This type of thermometer is especially great for young infants who aren't old enough to hold still on their own.
Of course, sometimes even the underarm method can be tricky with wiggly kids. In which case, you might want to try...
The Forehead Thermometer
A forehead thermometer is a great option for kids who just can't seem to stay still long enough for an accurate reading. Plus, it's really easy to use; just swipe it across their forehead and you're done!
We like this type of thermometer because it's quick and easy, plus it doesn't require any contact with body fluids (which can be icky). However, some parents find forehead thermometers to be less accurate than other types.
If accuracy is key for you, then you might want to go with...
The Ear Thermometer
Ear thermometers are generally considered to be the most accurate type of thermometer (as long as they're used correctly). But before you go sticking something in your baby's ear canal, there are a few things you should know.
First of all, ear thermometers are only recommended for use on children who are at least 6 months old.
Second, they need to be inserted correctly in order to get an accurate reading; if not placed correctly in the ear canal, they will give a false reading that could cause unnecessary worry (or worse).
With that said, if used correctly ear thermometers can be a quick and easy way to get an accurate temperature reading.
If your baby is less than 6 months old and you want the most accurate reading then you can try...
The Rectal Thermometer
This type of thermometer is inserted into the rectum and gives an accurate reading of your baby's internal temperature.
However, it's important to note that rectal thermometers need to be inserted correctly in order to get an accurate reading. If not placed correctly, they can give a false reading that could cause unnecessary worry (or worse).
With that said, if used correctly a rectal thermometer can be a quick and easy way to get an accurate temperature reading for young infants.
If you opt for this option, you can refer to my guide Why Are Thermometers Important for Babies? which breaks down exactly how to administer a rectal thermometer on baby.
When it comes time to take your child's temperature, there are a lot of different options available. It can be tough to know which one is right for your family. We hope this guide has been helpful in narrowing down the choices and finding the perfect baby thermometer for your needs!
For a breakdown of the best on the market for each type of thermometer you can read my comprehensive blog: