If you have never heard of the Forehead Thermometer then you are probably still using one of the traditional ones. The old-fashioned thermometers will get the job done, but you may have a harder time getting there. Let’s explore the difference between glass, digital, tympanic and the Forehead Thermometers.
Glass Thermometers vs Forehead Thermometers
The glass thermometer can either go under the tongue or up the bum. It contains mercury that when heated (by the body temperature) will rise. They do have accuracy, but before you use it, it must be shaken done. This type of thermometer also has to stay put in the child for at least 3 to 5 minutes to get an accurate reading, plus it also has to be sterilized between uses. The Forehead Thermometer never comes in contact with the skin, so it never has to be cleaned!
Digital Thermometer vs Forehead Thermometers
Digital thermometers were a vast improvement on the glass ones. These are designed to either go under the tongue or under the armpit. The readings are quick and accurate, but you still have to sterilize them between uses and the patient has to be cooperative in order for this thermometer to work properly. The Forehead Thermometer scans the forehead and is perfect for any age from babies to the elderly.
Tympanic Thermometer vs Forehead Thermometers
After the invention of the digital thermometer came the tympanic (in the ear) thermometer. These speeded up the process of taking a temperature, as the read only takes seconds. However, this thermometer is still invasive and is difficult to get a reading when your child is sleeping. The Forehead Thermometer, on the other hand, never touches the skin, so you can monitor your child’s fever without ever waking them up.
How Does it Work?
The Forehead Thermometer uses infrared technology to measure the energy being emitted from the forehead. This is then focused through a specialized lens and converted to a temperature value by a thermopile and measuring circuit. In general terms, you simply press the button, scan the forehead and wait for the readout. If your child has a fever this device will alarm with seven short, rapid beeps and the screen will be red. If no fever is present, the screen will remain green and there will be an even tone. Easy Peasy!
In addition, the Forehead Thermometer also has a milk-mode button. Once in this setting, you simply scan a bottle of milk to see what the temperature is. Forget about shaking it on your wrist, this thermometer takes the guesswork out of feeding your baby.
Grab a Forehead Thermometer and see the difference it makes when your child has a fever. It’s fast, accurate, easy and safe.
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