Might be the needle in hay of the parenting world but surely worth your attention.
I am sure every household keeps a thermometer with them in their first aid kit and once in a while every mother might have come across the dilemma of measuring the right body temperature of her baby. Mainly there are mercury thermometers everyone uses; we too owned a traditional mercury thermometer since ages which you have to put in your mouth to measure the temperature. The day when I felt the need of a digital or better thermometer was when I felt the abnormal body temperature of my son. While his body was intermittently radiating heat, our mercury thermometer was only indicating the normal temperature.
I was taking the temperature every half an hour by the armpit, but the result was always same. Also handling the mercury thermometer for a baby is not an easy task so you can’t always be sure about the correct readings. That is when I decided to get a new one and the research for which thermometer is best for babies started. I also found that the Mercury Thermometers can be dangerous at times.
The mercury inside the thermometer can be dangerous if the glass breaks and not cleaned up properly. The mercury will evaporate and can contaminate the surrounding air and become toxic.
Here is the summary of information as per my research and experience below are some points which are essential for new parents to know about babies regarding body temperature and thermometer
- For a new born it is quite necessary to monitor the baby’stemperature for initial 10 days. If you are in a hospital the nursing staff would do that for you.
- Do not worry if your baby’s head feels hotter than the rest of the body. It is normal and very common in a teething baby.
- A normal body temperature for infants aged 0-2 years ranges from 97.9 -100.4 F when taken rectally. Body temperature may rise a little when a baby is teething.
- The average body temperature of a new born is 99.5°F.
- A baby’s temperature is higher because they have a larger body surface area relative to their body weight. Their bodies are also more metabolically active, which generates heat.
- Children aged between 3 months and 3 years old who have a fever but a temperature of lower than 102°F do not always need medicine. Call your doctor if a child has a temperature of over 102.2°F, or has a lower temperature but is experiencing dehydration, vomiting, or diarrhea.
- If an infant of 3 months or younger has a rectal temperature of 100.4°F or above, seek emergency medical attention. In very young babies, a slight fever can signal a serious infection.
- Rectal readings are higher than oral readings, and armpit readings tend to be lower. Ideally the baby’s correct temperature is measured by the rectal readings.
- If you are taking an armpit reading, consider the actual temperature to be at least 2 degrees higher than what is measured
I do not prefer to take rectal temperature of my baby as I find it a little risky with an overenthusiastic baby. So recently I bought an infrared forehead digital thermometer which I found a lot better and easy.
Here are some positive observations about it-
- It is an infrared thermometer, so you only have to point it to the forehead and done. Way better than putting the thermometer under the arms and holding the baby still.
- Takes approximately 2-3 seconds to measure the reading.
- It has a large LCD screen which shows you the reading and have an extra feature of colour code (Red for indicating fever and green indicating the normal temperature) along with the fever alarm.
- It also has 30 results memory, which means your previous 30 readings will be stored in the memory of the thermometer.
- It has 2 modes, one for person and other for object.
- Measures in both Celsius and Fahrenheit.
- High accuracy certified medical device CE and FDA approved
- Can be used for people of all ages.
For the reference I have added the thermometer to my amazon store shop, here is the link for it….
P.S. I am no expert in medical or parenting these are just my observations and opinions with my child. I will be happy if the article helps you in any way also I am open for any suggestions.