There are hundreds of baby thermometer brands on the market today. We have carefully chosen what we feel are the best selection of these so that you can choose from a range of different types of baby thermometer depending on your budget. Baby Thermometers work in different ways. A summary of these ways and the pros and cons of their use are discussed below:
This type of measurement is used in most digital baby thermometers, which are the most commonly available baby thermometer in Australia. These can be used in the mouth, under the arm or up the rectum. Rectal temperature at home however, is not usually recommended in Australia. This group also includes the pacifier thermometers which take baby's temperature whilst they suck their dummy. The benefits of this group of baby thermometers is that they are usually very affordable and can be found to purchase in many places. The negatives are that they are not as accurate as the other types of thermometers available and often can take some time before a reading of baby's temperature is supplied.
Thermometers that use infrared rays are available in a number of forms however the most common group is the tympanic membrane group. This is where the baby thermometer is used in the ear and the infrared rays detect the temerature of the baby's ear drum. They are thought to be more accurate than digital thermometers with electronic heat sensors and take less time for a reading to be attained. On the flip side of the coin, they are sometimes more bulky thatn the digital thermometer range and usually are a little more expensive.
Becoming more popular rapidly are the temporal artery sensor thermometers. These are relatively new to the thermometer scene and continue to sell rapidly. Infrared rays are focussed on the forehead where they can read the temperature of the temporal arteries. Although more expensive and often alittle bulkier than the digitla thermometer range, these are fantastic because of their extremely quick, accurate results which are often available within seconds - great for measuring a sick, fussy or moving baby's temperature easily and accurately. In addition these are great as they do not touch the skin and hence do not transfer germs like the other types of thermometer do.
These are sticker strips that are place dont eh baby's forehead. They are really quite out of vogue now as theya re not very accurate and can casue a raction to the baby's skin. Most doctors would not recommend these to be used over another form of baby thermometer.