One of your top go-tos as a parent will be a thermometer, especially the baby thermometer when you’ve got an infant. One of the scariest parts about having a newborn is the fact that they can’t tell you when they’re not feeling good. I told myself that when my daughter started talking, it’d be so much easier when it came to her health. Little did I know, shows like Doc McStuffins would end up making her think she’s constantly in need of a doctor every time she scraped her knee. (She’s also concerned about every freckle I have on my body. Every small dot leads to the question of, “Did you fall?” as that’s one of the only disasters a 3-year-old can think of.) That said, one of the ultimate best baby shower gifts, which I recommend to everyone who’s looking for ideas, was a first aid box.
My husband’s aunt, who happens to be a pediatric nurse, covered every possible medical incident. The gift served as a relief. Not only was it a reminder that I could call her in regards to every rash and bump (which I still do!) but it was comforting to know that I had everything I needed, just in case an emergency hit. Nobody wants to hit up a 24-hour pharmacy at 2 am when they’re desperately in need of baby Tylenol.
Baby thermometers are one of the most important things to get. A baby’s temperature will tell you when it’s time to go to the ER, in case of severe emergency. And, it’s also important to practice taking a temperature, since there are a few ways to get it wrong. For example, you might assume that under the armpit is a solid method, but many pediatricians feel like it’s just a good way to get a base reading. “Taking the temperature under the arm (in the armpit) is called axillary measurement,” confirms Hopkins Medicine. “It may be used to ‘screen’ or get an idea about whether or not any child has a fever.”
If you want to buy a new baby thermometer (or, a few) in advance, just to make sure you’re as prepared as possible. Here are a few strong recommendations to consider.
This thermometer does everything. Not only does it accurately showcase the temperature of both adults and children, but it can also read the temperature of the room if need be. As a mom, you need these things to be as easy as possible. “I’m glad I bought it,” writes Amazon reviewer Janila Khan. “It works properly and the directions are easy to understand.”
Even though this is your baby, it’s still good to invest in a No-Contact thermometer, if you want to use it for other purposes. These days, it’s never too ridiculous to exercise extra caution. This thermometer gives readings in just one second. This thermometer also manually shuts itself off, for added convenience.
Let’s be honest — for young babies, sometimes a rectal temperature is the best to go. “Temperatures taken rectally or orally are more accurate than those obtained using the axillary or tympanic methods. If your child is younger than 3 years old, a rectal temperature gives the best reading,” writes Alyson Sulaski Wyckoff from the American Academy of Pediatrics. This thermometer is good to use either orally or rectally.
This thermometer looks a bit more complex than some of the others, but for good reason. Unlike many other thermometers, this one takes temperature by the armpit, and you can leave it on and track fevers live. And, moms everywhere love it — in fact, it currently has a 92% ranking of 5-star reviews. “I think this is such a peace of mind that is worth every single dollar,” writes Amazon Reviewer Samara Davis.
When thinking about what thermometer to choose, you may be thinking of time and accuracy. Those are two of the big selling points for the Besyoyo thermometer. It can also track and keep record of the last 20 temperatures taken, in case you’re looking to record the information. This works by either taking an ear or forehead reading — whichever one is easiest for your baby.
This thermometer, which is great for adults, kids, and babies, has a feature that not all thermometers have. It has a 4-color display that also tells you if your child or baby’s temperature is well under what it should be. “It gives you the reading fast which is great since my 6 year old gets annoyed with all these endless temperature measuring procedures,” writes Amazon Reviewer Aliya.
This no-contact thermometer is at a great price, and perfect if you have a lot of kids at home. Based on its light-up screen, it’s also easy to take accurate temperatures while in a dark room. Out of over 470 reviews, 95% of the people who tried this thermometer gave it five stars.
What does this thermometer do that others don’t? It’s quite simple. This infrared model actually has a mute button. That means that if you’re trying to take your baby’s temperature while they’re sleeping, there’s less of a chance that they’ll wake up. Even better, it also stores the 35 prior readings, just to better keep track during a bad fever.
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