Type of Thermometers
- Rectal: Taking rectal temperatures has been common practice for decades. However, this method is invasive and may be uncomfortable, bearing risk of causing local injury or cross-contamination.
- Oral: The mouth is a commonly used site to measure temperature. However, proper technique is critical and readings can be affected by external factors, such as eating, drinking, or breathing. Measuring temperature in the mouth requires your child's cooperation and is not suitable for young infants.
- Under the arm: Measurements under the arm are convenient, especially for children too old for rectal and too young for oral. However, this method is not always reliable and should only be used as a general screening.
- Forehead: Forehead thermometers measure the infrared heat waves emitted through the surface of the skin. This method is non-invasive and gentle, and many forehead thermometers display readings within just a few seconds. However, it is important to note that skin measurements can be influenced by air temperature, sweating or other factors. Be sure to read the instructions for use to ensure an accurate reading.
- Ear: The eardrum shares the same blood supply as the temperature control center in the brain (the hypothalamus). Ear temperatures can accurately reflect changes in core body temperature without a significant time lag. The ear is an easily accessible site for temperature measurement. As with all thermometers, proper technique, as described in the instructions for use, is important to ensure a reliable reading. Not every ear thermometer is the same. Only Braun features a unique, patented tip designed to minimize the cooling effect of the tip inside the ear canal, providing accurate measurements time after time.
All Braun thermometers are clinically proven accurate. Choose the Braun thermometer that's right for you:
- Precision: If you want the thermometer used by doctors, choose the Braun ThermoScan Ear thermometer. This thermometer takes accurate temperature readings in seconds and is the only ear thermometer to feature a patented pre-warmed tip. This feature minimizes the cooling effect of the ear canal, providing accurate measurements time after time.
- Convenience: Looking to take a temperature on a sleeping child? Then the Braun No touch + forehead thermometer is the thermometer for you. Get professionally accurate readings by holding the thermometer 2 inches away from the forehead, taking a non-invasive reading without waking your child in the night. The backlit, color coded display will let you know in a glance if the fever is getting better or worse. There is even a setting that allows you to mute the sounds, ensuring that your little ones won't be awoken by a single beep.
- Ease of use: All Braun thermometers are easy to use, but with its extra large screen, color-coded temperature guidance, and on-product instructions, the Braun Forehead thermometer makes it even easier to take a temperature. Just place the thermometer on the forehead above the brow, swipe down to the temple & back. It only takes three seconds to get an accurate, non-invasive temperature reading.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What happens to the body during fever?
A: An elevated body temperature increases the body’s metabolic rate. This slows down the growth of germs and helps the body fight infection. The skin may appear flushed and warm as a response to fever, allowing heat to dissipate via the skin.
Q: What is the ideal way to measure body temperature?
A: Measuring the “core” body temperature would be ideal. The core temperature is the temperature of the vital organs such as the heart and brain. Since these sites are not directly accessible, other sites for temperature measurement have been identified.
Q: What should I do when my child has fever?
- Remain calm.
- Monitor the fever and other symptoms.
- If your child has fever, adjust his/her clothing to allow heat to dissipate. Anti-fever medicines can help reduce fever, as can a lukewarm sponge bath. Aspirin is generally not recommended for children with fever.
- If your child appears ill, or if you are in doubt, always consult your doctor.
- Fever in a baby less than two months of age should be reported to and evaluated by your child’s doctor.
- Wash your hands frequently to limit the spread of infections.
Q: What should I do if my child has a febrile seizure?
A: Febrile seizures can occur in young children, usually under six years of age. Febrile seizures tend to occur if the body temperature is rising very quickly at the beginning of an illness. During a simple febrile seizure, the child may have uncontrollable and rhythmic generalized shaking movements, usually lasting less than five minutes. Afterwards, the child may be sleepy.
- Remain calm.
- Place your child on one side in a stable position.
- Loosen any tight clothing.
- Do not place anything in the child’s mouth.
- Be sure to consult your doctor after any febrile seizure occurs.
Q: When and how often should the temperature be taken?
A: If your child appears to be sick, take his/her temperature to see if there’s fever. A thermometer is more accurate than guessing with your touch. Repeated measurements can be taken every few hours, or more frequently, as needed to determine whether your child is responding to a particular treatment. This information is often useful for your doctor too.
Q: How often does a baby have fever? Do older children and adults get fevers less often?
A: Babies and young children commonly have up to 12 infections per year, and seven of those are febrile infections. They are often harmless illnesses, e.g. a sore throat or a cold. But some are more significant, e.g. acute ear infections. They can also indicate life-threatening diseases, such as meningitis.
Children of school age have approximately three febrile infections per year, while adults suffer from approximately two.*
Q: What kind of information about the fever can I provide my doctor?
A: Fever indicates an inflammation, and the fever pattern may indicate the type of the disease. A single spot measurement doesn’t give enough information to your doctor. It is very helpful if you measure the temperature at home several times and record the results. Note how you measured the temperature and what your normal temperature range is.
Give your doctor information about the maximum temperature measured, the variance during the day, for how many hours the fever was rising and how long the fever has lasted.