The Best Rectal Thermometer for Babies
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Is it possible that I have found the perfect rectal thermometer for scaredy cat parents?
Parents who dread taking a rectal temperature second only to having their toenails pulled off or being water boarded?
I believe I have. Allow me to present…
Vicks Baby Rectal Thermometer
First, let me state the obvious- the probe is short. The shorter probe makes over insertion an impossibility. Putting the probe in too far is the number one fear of the parents I speak to. With this infant thermometer, you can breathe easy knowing you will not hurt your baby.
The round shape is easier to hold than longer, thinner rectal thermometers. This is helpful if you have a squirmy baby.
It is fast. Get a reading in 10 seconds. No one wants a rectal thermometer that takes a full minute to give you a reading.
Easy to clean with alcohol.
Light up display with large, easy to read numbers.
Comes with a storage case.
Why use a rectal thermometer for your baby?
Many parents ask me why they should use a rectal thermometer when there are so many non-invasive thermometers available.
Of course, there are many types of thermometers available, from talking forehead scanners to smart thermometers that help you know when to call the pediatrician. But when it comes to very young babies, you need a rectal temperature.
A rectal temperature has always been the gold standard when dealing with infants. This is especially true if you have a baby that is 12 weeks or younger because accuracy is extremely important in this age group. A baby less than 12 weeks with a low temp will need warmed up, and a baby with a fever will require a sepsis workup.
With older infants and children, it is okay to use a temporal artery thermometer. The American Academy of Pediatrics considers the Exergen Temporal Artery Thermometer to be the next best thing to a rectal temperature.