What Thermometer is Best for Baby?

What Thermometer is Best for Baby?

Posted by Emma, Snotty Noses HQ on 10th Apr 2024

Is your little one sick? We feel for you, parents. It can be so stressful when your babe is sick. It can feel like all your hard work with sleep and feeding schedules has gone out the window. The light at the end of the tunnel is 'this too shall pass,' and your babe will get better.

We started Snottynoses.com.au to help parents through the stressful sick times and get their babes feeling better faster.

Let’s jump into thermometers.

Which thermometer is best for your baby or child?

What option should I use? 

When should I take further medical action depending on what the thermometer says?

Let’s answer all these curly questions now...

What thermometer is best for baby?

While researching, you may have read about rectal thermometers and their accuracy. We find that while these are accurate at reading temperatures of young babies, they're super impractical for most parents and very invasive for Bub. Not to mention, when your child is sick, they’re easily irritated, and something like this just isn’t it when your child is already uncomfortable.

That's why our team of mamas here at Snotty Noses HQ and paediatricians all over the globe recommend infrared thermometers.

Infrared thermometers are non-invasive and provide an accurate reading within seconds.

Important Note for Babies under 3 months - by Dr. Stephanie Newnham 

Forehead and ear infrared thermometers can give a false reading in newborns/babies under 3 months, as infants give off heat mainly from their head, so you usually get a higher reading. For babies under 3 months, we recommend a digital thermometer placed under the arm. 

When should I contact a medical professional?

The temperature that should trigger a call to the doctor depends on a child's age, the illness, and whether they have other symptoms. You might ask if your doctor has specific guidelines on when to call about a fever. In general, call the doctor if your child is:

  • younger than 3 months old with a rectal temperature of 100.4°F (38°C) or higher
  • 3 months or older with a temperature higher than 102.2°F (39°C)
  • any age but has a health problem like cancer or sickle cell disease and has a fever

Source: kidshealth.org

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Good luck, parents. You’ll make it through this.

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