A fever is one of the symptoms of an underlying illness. Fever alone is not a disease, but a natural reaction of the body to ward off the sickness. But of course, we can not discount that a fever is a signal that the body is not well. It is crucial that the temperature is taken accurately. A forehead thermometer is non invasive making it less troublesome to use. If the kids are upset because they are hot, this instrument can well just glide over their foreheads and be done in a matter of seconds. The temporal artery in the forehead emits the heat from the skin and the tool can pick it up and give a reading. A small beeping sound is let out indicating that the scan is correct. It can be used on a baby who is fast asleep. Kids and adults with ear infections can also use one. Do not forget that if you are bringing in the thermometer from another room that is cold, you will need a few minutes to wait. This tool greatly picks up heat and variance in temperature may affect its accuracy. It conveniently operates on a standard 9v battery.
An infrared forehead thermometer on the other hand, uses an infrared light to give a reading of one’s temperature. It is a little pricey depending on the number of strips in the package, the brand, and of course quality. The entire family can use both instruments. Hygiene and safety is well thought of. It is wise to read the instruction manual first to make sure that you get things done right if using these items for the first time.
I find the Vicks forehead thermometer that I use to be a good choice. It gives a reading in three seconds. It is easy to hold. It is easier to read with its bold digital display design. It is handy and compact. Storage is not a problem. It is reasonably priced. It is available online, in pharmacies, or supermarkets. It is the brand used by my pediatrician and other health practitioners I have met.
After many years of using thermometers, I have finally concluded that I won’t go back to those mercury ones. Studies show that mercury is found to be toxic and can have unhealthy effects on the body. Manufacturers continuously come up with better ways to help the consuming public to reach optimum health. I enjoy the convenience of going digital. It leaves me no room to worry. The whole household gets the benefit that their health is never compromised. Using new breakthroughs in research, people nowadays have a better chance of getting rid of diseases and stay in the pink of health.
In conclusion we can say that the forehead thermometer is a very good addition to your tools to check up on your children. They will not be disturbed in any way and you can easily see if the child has temperature or not. We can avoid the discomfort caused by regular thermometers that no kids love.