Saturday, January 30, 2010

Rectal or Ear Thermometer?

According to Mark Widome, M.D., professor of pediatrics at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, in Hershey that a rectal thermometer gives the moset precise reading than ear thermometer because the latter is trickier to use because you have to angle the infrared sensor properly in the ear canal. Thus, he suggests that it's fine to switch to an oral thermometer when your child is around 3 years old. The new temporal-artery thermometer is another accurate option, but it's pricey.

But digital thermometer use a battery and they could die at a crucial time. He said that it is good idea to keep an extra battery or a back-up digital thermometer on hand.

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