What kind of thermometer is best to use on my child?

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Determining what kind of thermometer to use with your child can be confusing if only because there are so many choices out there.

Many parents use digital thermometers because they are known for accuracy and are versatile. These thermometers can be used in the armpit, mouth or rectum. For infants and children under the age of 3, digital rectal thermometers tend to provide the most accuracy. Plus, digital thermometers are quick.

Digital ear thermometers are common too. These are designed for quick and accurate readings, and they work best or children over the age of six months.

Temporal artery thermometers are placed on the forehead. They are quick and easy to use, and many doctors recommend them for newborns. Unfortunately, these can be expensive.

 

Always check with your doctor regarding health questions and issues.

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