Forehead Thermometer

Forehead thermometer One of the newer methods for evaluating a person’s fever.

The forehead thermometer is also known as the temporal artery thermometer. It uses infrared technology to detect the temperature of the temporal artery on your baby’s forehead. For most you simply swipe the thermometer across your baby’s forehead or gently press the probe against the babies temple and voila! You have a reading.

You can take a temperature using the mouth (oral), anus (rectal), armpit (axillary), or ear (tympanic). But the temperature readings vary depending on which one you use, and you need an accurate body temperature to determine if a fever is present.

For newborn infants younger than 3 months, rectal digital thermometers have been acclaimed as the most accurate. The issue here of course is ease of use and discomfort for baby. New studies, however, indicate that the forehead thermometer can be reliably used with newborns.

Forehead (Temporal Artery) Temperature: How to Take

  • Age: Any age
  • This thermometer reads the heat waves coming off the temporal artery. This blood vessel runs across the forehead just below the skin.
  • Place the sensor head at the center of the forehead.
  • Slowly slide the thermometer across the forehead toward the top of the ear. Keep it in contact with the skin.
  • Stop when you reach the hairline.
  • Read your child’s temp on the display screen.
  • Note: some newer forehead thermometers don’t need to slide across the forehead. Follow the box directions on how to take the temp.
  • Used in more doctor’s offices than any other thermometer.
  • Parents like this thermometer because it takes less than 2 seconds. It also does not need the child to cooperate. It does not cause any discomfort.
  • Caution: Forehead temperatures must be digital. Forehead strips are not accurate.

 

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