Are No-Touch Forehead Thermometers Accurate?

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Why choose a no-touch forehead thermometer?
How does a no-touch thermometer detect a fever?
How to use a no-touch thermometer with a baby?
Are no-touch forehead thermometers accurate?
What is the most accurate no-touch thermometer?

Every new mum will be aware that one of the most important items your family needs in your 1st-aid kit is a reliable baby thermometer. But which one do you buy and are no-touch forehead thermometers accurate for babies?

Even before the spread of the coronavirus, being able to take an accurate temperature has always been an important step for you to keep your baby healthy. It’s not unusual for your baby to run a slightly high temperature when they are feeling unwell. However, it is important for you to monitor your baby’s temperature accurately so that you know when to consult a doctor.

Why choose a no-touch forehead thermometer?

Doctors are saying that using a no-touch forehead thermometer gives a fast and accurate reading. Handheld, no-touch thermometers are becoming increasingly popular. They are non-intrusive for your little one. Plus they are hygienic to use, and with the advances in technology, they have become relatively inexpensive.

No-touch thermometers were originally used in industries like manufacturing or even firefighting. They have become a very trusted source of taking fast and accurate temperature readings.

There are many types of baby thermometer out there, and it may seem quite confusing knowing which to buy. The majority of mums we talked to recently suggest that a no-touch forehead thermometer is the most convenient to use and that they are accurate for babies.

Make sure that you choose a thermometer that is easy for you to use, and gives a fast and accurate reading. Most importantly, whichever type you decide to buy make sure you have read the instructions and you know how to use it!

How does a no-touch thermometer detect a fever?

With the spread of Covid-19, temperature testing as part of daily life has become the norm. The use of no-touch thermometers is becoming more and more common. A no-touch thermometer works by using infra-red technology to take a temperature reading from the forehead. This new technology means that temperatures can be accurately taken without long delays that a more traditional thermometer would cause. In addition, the lack of contact means there is no disinfecting needed between use or testing.

How to use a no-touch thermometer with a baby?

While traditionally a rectal thermometer was considered to be the most accurate way to take a baby’s temperature, most parents and a wriggly, sickly baby will disagree. This is why no-touch thermometers are gaining in popularity – they are fast, accurate and non-intrusive.

You can use a no-touch thermometer with a baby:

  • At any age;
  • By placing the probe at the centre of your baby’s forehead or by scanning across the forehead to get a continuous reading;
  • With a sleeping baby, you only need 1 second to take a reading;
  • Your child’s temperature will be displayed on the easy-to-read display screen;
  • As a reliable and accurate way to monitor your baby’s temperature. No-touch thermometers have become the most used thermometer in primary care facilities including doctor’s offices and child care centres.

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Are no-touch forehead thermometers accurate?

Studies have shown that no-touch thermometers have an accuracy of 97%. A no-touch infrared thermometer is a reliable, comfortable and accurate option for taking a temperature, and it is very useful for the screening of fever in young babies and even the rest of the family.

 

Are no-touch forehead thermometers accurate

What is the most accurate no-touch thermometer?

Here at Cherub Baby, we believe a baby thermometer is one of the most important tools you need when it comes to a healthy baby. Being able to take your baby’s temperature quickly and reliably are the most important functions of a thermometer. That is why we have just released our 5-in-1 Touchless Forehead Ear & Bath Thermometer which we believe to be the most accurate in the market.

Our 5-in-1 touchless thermometer utilises Accuscan technology which is the most advanced technology available to date. This technology provides you with the highest accuracy of any touchless thermometer. This thermometer records a continuous reading across the entire forehead, as opposed to a single reading which most thermometers do. This continuous reading gives you more consistent and accurate data.

Important things to remember:

While a thermometer is a very important addition to your family 1st aid kit, don’t forget to keep an eye out for natural symptoms or signs your baby may have a fever. These natural symptoms may include the following:

  • Redness or flushing and your baby may feel hot;
  • Shivering;
  • Irritability and non-stop crying;
  • Loss of appetite;
  • Dehydration.

If your baby is showing signs of any of the above in combination with a high-temperature reading, consult your doctor or health care worker for advice.

References

PBC Expo

Pregnancy Babies & Children’s Expo, Forehead Thermometer versus Ear Thermometer: Which is Better?, PBC, viewed at 22nd May 2020, URL

NPR

National Public Radio, How A No-Touch Thermometer Detects A Fever, NPR, viewed at 22nd May 2020, URL

PUB MED

PubMed.gov, Clinical Accuracy of a Non-Contact Infrared Skin Thermometer in Paediatric Practice, NCIB.gov, viewed at 22nd May 2020, URL

NIHR Community

NIHR Community Healthcare MIC, Non-contact infrared thermometers, NIHR, viewed at 22nd May 2020, URL

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