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Best Thermometers for Children

Updated November 2018
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    Taking your child's temperature can be one of the toughest tasks that parents face. Luckily, there are many options. Rectal thermometers are the most accurate for children up to 3. After 3, an oral thermometer is the best option. However, they can be difficult for a child to use. Armpit thermometers are easier to use, but they provide the least accurate readings. Ear thermometers can be quick and accurate, but are only advised for children over 6 months. Ear wax and small or curved ear canals can produce erroneous readings in ear thermometers. Pacifier thermometers should not be used on newborns and they do not provide the most accurate readings. Forehead thermometers effortlessly scan the temporal artery. They are second only to rectal thermometers in accuracy.

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