Since we removed mercury thermometers, which were the most reliable but unsafe, to bring in mercury, which is toxic, parents navigate between thermometers trying to find the most reliable and fast, with the intention to know as soon as possible temperature our babies, who do not wear very well to keep fixed underarm thermometer in a position, but with the confidence of knowing that the measurement is correct.
There are several digital thermometers that promise the same thing, reliability and speed, the best known, and I would say the most gifted to new parents, ear thermometers, and forehead, which give the baby’s temperature in a few seconds. Now, are they reliable? Are they a revolution or are a failure? Are they the best baby thermometer?
How the ear and forehead thermometers work?
Ear thermometers and forehead (some only measure the ear, and others measure both) work via infrared. As I have read, it seems that the thermometer is a lens system that captures the infrared energy emitted by our body, does reading and gives us a result.
In the case of the ear, the energy emitted by the eardrum and surrounding tissue is captured. If we talk about the forehead, the energy emitted by the skin through that area is achieved.
Are they dangerous?
If we talk about looking at the front, it is clear that the thermometer is not in any danger because either it gets at a distance from the forehead without touching the baby measurement is performed, or the thermometer carries a lid shaped to support the thermometer on the forehead and then press the button to put it in operation.
If we talk about the ear thermometer takes a cannula, or extensive probe should enter the baby’s ear or child, but full enough to prevent too much and could damage the eardrum or the ear canal.
Are they reliable?
Okay, we know how they work, we are aware they are not dangerous, and only now we need to know if they are reliable, or what is the same if they serve something. I ask for it helps you, because although I’ve tried several, it is possible that you have a different experience to mine with any make or model and can, then, give me the reply.
To us, once we became parents, they gave us one. “What kind gift,” think once, for it seemed a great invention, fast and comfortable for the baby and us. However, the first day we didn’t need because the greatest had a fever, we took a big disappointment.
The child was hot, but when used in “front” Sometimes we say that the child was perfect, and sometimes told us that yes, he had few tenths. So if you probably ear mode, it was that in one ear gave us one thing and the other a different one. This, according to the manufacturers, may be normal, because the presence of wax or dirt on some ear can do that there are variations in temperature. Okay, okay, but then, how I hearing what gives me the most reliable information?
We opted for repeat operation in the ears and each time gave us a different thing. “It will be pressure thing,” I thought. Then I decided to try it myself, knowing he had no fever and observed that if pressed more temperature gave me more, and that if I left I was very loose less. So I managed to find a position more or less stable pressure where I was I sought temperature (36.7 ° C in my case).
The problem is that I knew my temperature and pressure based on looking for the right position, but the baby was upside down, I wanted to know was the temperature, then the correct position and pressure were harder to find. And of course, once you realize that is so variable, we no longer seem reliable.
As a nurse I received the visit of several commercial brands that make these thermometers and although we always they have been “sold” as a revolution, being fast and little annoying, most importantly, it is to be reliable, they have never been able to I prove it.
Once I caught one, which was to hold a few centimeters from my face, and in a few seconds, very fast, amazingly fast, said he was at 38 ° C. Obviously I immediately went to my boss and told him “I’m leaving, I have a fever you can not see.”
Then I reported it to the commercial, which told me I had 38 and I said it was a problem of distance. I tried several different distances. Sometimes he had a fever, sometimes fever and other was perfect. I commented that the thermometer was picking up the temperature of the room and that was not reliable (?).
From that moment I could try some model always with the same result: what in my village is defined as “fails more than a gun fair.”
So, considering the big bucks that cost (between 20 and 40 € on average) and how bad they are, my judgment is that ear thermometers and forehead are in promise, or fiasco, or failure. Come on, I have not been able to find the make and model that works well, so I would not recommend it to my worst enemy.
Now if I tell you yes as you have found one that works well, I beseech ye say, that if I have a chance I’ll prove it.
Nothing, then we go to the pharmacy, ask them a digital thermometer good, beautiful and cheap armpit and do what we can to entertain the baby or child while you patiently endure. For the moment, no more.