All children get to have a fever every once in a while. The fever itself is not harmful and can be the body’s method of treating infections.
The first thing you must know in such a situation is how to take your child’s temperature properly.
However, if the fever is high, that can be an indication of an issue that needs attention from a specialist. Below you can read the means by which you can take the temperature of your children in a secure and precise way.
Here’s how to take your child’s temperature
This is the fastest and most precise reading, and it is the main kind that the specialists presently advise. You can buy them in the stores and drugstores in different shapes and sizes.
However, you need to read the guidelines on it in order to see what the thermometer is intended and how you can properly use it.
Usually, a digital thermometer can be used for the following:
- rectal (in the bottom)
- oral (in the mouth)
- axillary (under the arm)
What are the other types of thermometers?
These aren’t suggested for usage on the grounds that they’re less precise than the digital ones:
- electronic ear thermometers
- temporal artery (forehead) thermometers
- plastic strip thermometers
- pacifier thermometers
Once, the glass mercury thermometers were used, however now they are avoided because of the possible exposure to the mercury, which represents environmental poison.
Tips for measuring temperatures by age
We are sure that every parent is familiar with this case when you have to take the temperature of your child, which can be really challenging. The best technique will rely upon the age and personality of the child.
First, you need to turn the digital thermometer on and delete the old readings. They generally have a plastic, adaptable probe that has a sensor for the temperature at the tip and a simple digital display on the opposite end.
In the thermometer you use has dispensable plastic sleeves or covers, put one as indicated by the producer’s guidelines. After that, throw it and clean the thermometer as per the producer’s guidelines before you put it in the case.
For babies before 3 months, you’ll get the most solid results with the usage of a digital thermometer in order to take a rectal temperature. Visit the specialist if your child is younger than 3 months and has a temperature of 100.4°F (38°C) or even higher.
For babies between 3 -6 months, it is still best to use a digital thermometer for rectal temperature.
Between 6 months and 4 years of age, the digital thermometer can be used for rectal temperature, as well as for taking an axillary temperature, however, this is a less precise technique.
For children at 4 years or older, a digital thermometer can be used for oral temperature if your child participates. However, if the children are sick and breathing through their mouths and coughing as well due to stuffy noses them they won’t have the capacity to keep their mouths closed in order to precisely measure the temperature.
So, in such cases, you can use the digital thermometer to take rectal or axillary method.
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