Taking your baby’s temperature & the normal baby temperature.
– Tips & advice!
It takes a very good guesser to accurately determine the temperature of a child through touching the child’s forehead with the back of the hand (although this is our immediate action!) Because of this, it is highly recommended to purchase a quality thermometer that will allow you to skip through the guesswork of what a baby’s normal temperature feels like on the back of your hand. The Cherub Baby 4 in 1 Digital Ear & Forehead Thermometer is perfect for this!
What is a normal baby temperature?
Babies, like children and adults, are said to have a normal body temperature of about 36-37 degrees Celsius (98.6-99.5 degrees Fahrenheit). But unlike children and adults, slight changes in a baby’s temperature are a lot more serious. For example, a 0.5 change in temperature to 37.5 degrees Celsius is considered to already be low-grade fever for a baby; another 0.5 or from 37.5 to 38 degrees Celsius is an elevated fever. A fever is considered to be 38-38.5 degrees Celsius, and a 0.5 increase in that is a known very high temperature at 39 degrees Celsius. Any increase in this is deemed to be an extremely high temperature and demands urgent medical attention. It is therefore essential to get a good-quality thermometer that can measure these small changes.
Why do babies get fevers?
There are various causes as to why babies get fevers. Oftentimes, they are strengthening their immune systems, or they are having infections that cause a baby’s temperature to go up as the body is fighting the infection. Immunizations may cause babies and children to have low-grade fevers, too. Sometimes even overdressing may cause a fever because babies’ body temperatures cannot regulate as well as a grown child. Fever as a symptom of teething is disagreed upon by different experts; some say that the inflammation in the gums are what cause fever whereas, others contest that it is unrelated or it is the stress that a baby undergoes during teething makes them more vulnerable to infection.
Where can you take a baby’s temperature?
There are three body parts where you can take a baby’s temperature using a thermometer: through the rectum, the ear, and under the arm. Although the rectal method is thought to give the most accurate results, it is not the most comfortable for babies. On the other hand, although taking your baby’s temperature under the arm might be more comfortable for them, it also gives the least accurate results.
Meanwhile, infrared ear thermometers take one second to work and, if used correctly, can give accurate results. It works by measuring the infrared energy from the eardrum, a reliable indicator of body temperature. Ensuring that the ear canal and sensor are clean, all you have to do is straighten the ear canal by gently pulling your baby’s ear back and positioning the probe to aim at the eardrum.
Cherub Baby 4 in 1 Thermometer
One of the most recognized infrared ear thermometers in the country is the Cherub Baby 4 in1 Infrared Digital Ear and Forehead Thermometer, which had been given the GOLD award in last July’s Mother & Baby Magazine Australia as the Best Baby Thermometer. Known as an excellent tool in determining the body temperature of your baby, this compact and easy to operate hospital grade thermometer provides accurate readings of your child’s body temperature comfortably and quickly, and comes with a clock display and a fever alarm that prompts you immediately when your child’s temperature exceeds 38 degrees Celsius.
Additionally, since it automatically shuts-off after 60 seconds and does not require expensive refills and probe covers, it is the economical choice for parents that want accurate body temperature readings for their little ones.
As a mum, your intuition tells you many things and can even let you know that your baby is sick. The Cherub Baby 4 in1 Infrared Digital Ear and Forehead Thermometer can help your intuition by giving you the best results in determining your child’s body temperature.
Disclaimer: This article is for entertainment purposes only and any medical concern or questions you may have about your baby should be taken up with your local paediatrician or hospital emergency department if urgent medical attention is required. This is not a replacement for professional medical advice.