Which Thermometer Should I Choose for Myself and My Family?


Over the last year, it seems we have heard more about body temperature than we’ve ever had. Covid-19 has led to us all wanting to know our temperature. Before that, children always seemed to pick up illnesses and know their temperature would let you know how serious it was. You may want to play gry automaty for fun but not with your family’s health.

Correct temperature

Children should have a temperature of 36.4 degrees Celsius. When a child is ill, it will rise. A slight rise is not too bad, but it should not go too high. If it goes over 38 degrees, you should be ready to see a doctor. Because there is a risk if the temperature does get too high, you need to make sure that the thermometer gives an accurate reading. You want to get the best you can afford, but do you know how much is too much?

What exactly is a thermometer?

A thermometer is an implement that you use to measure the temperature of something. There are different types for different things. You can use a food thermometer to make sure food such as meat is hot enough. The type you need for family health checks is different. The type that is going to be best will depend upon the age of your family. A baby will require a different sort of thermometer than an adult. 

Types of thermometer


These are some of the most popular thermometers and can be bought in various shapes and sizes. There are three places they can be used to read the temperature. They can be placed in the mouth, in the rectum, or under the arm. If you get a newer type, it can be put in the ear or on the forehead. Some do not even need there to be any contact at all. The digital thermometer reads the temperature and alerts you to the fact it has got the reading. More expensive ones memorize the temperatures so you can relay them to a doctor later. Children tend to react better to ear and forehead ones. It is a quick way to get the reading, and the child does not even have to be awake.

Infrared thermometers 

These take just seconds to give their reading. The ear or forehead tends to be used, and contact is not needed. This is ideal for parents of highly active children. Some will give readings for various age groups making it easier to know if it is right for the specific person to have their temperature taken.

Which type is the best

It is hard to determine which one will be right for you and your family. It is worth taking a little time to read up about the pros and cons of each one. The most important thing is that you use it correctly and are sure that the figure you get is accurate and allows you to know what to do next. There is no shame in contacting the manufacturers for confirmation of anything you are unsure of. Hopefully, this will help you decide.

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