A Tympanic Thermometer Is used to Measure the Temperature of the Eardrum (for adults and children over 2 years old).
A Temporal Artery Thermometer Is used
Note: Because the thermometer does not need to touch the forehead, some newer forehead thermometers do not require coverings. These gadgets are worn around the brow and can be used to take readings.
What Are the Benefits of Taking Your Temperature?
A thermometer can be used to check your body temperature to see if you have a fever. Infection is frequently the source of a fever, which is a rise in the body’s temperature. Fevers are a sign that the body is combating an infection, even though they are unpleasant. Thermometers come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and they can be used to measure temperature. When using any type of thermometer, make sure to read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Check the batteries in your thermometer if it utilizes them. You may have noticed that low-quality batteries provide erratic results.
What Does it Mean to Have a Normal Body Temperature?
98.6 degrees Fahrenheit (°F) or 37 degrees Celsius (°C) is the normal body temperature. The average temperature ranges from 12° to 1°F (1° to 1°C). A typical temperature is lower in the morning and rises throughout the day. It peaks in the late afternoon or early evening.
What Is the Definition of a Fever?
A fever is defined as a temperature of 100.4°F (38°C) or higher in adults. You can either treat it at home with a fever reducer and fluids to make yourself more comfortable, or you can wait for it to go away. However, if the temperature rises to 102°F (38.8°C) or higher and home treatment fails, contact your healthcare practitioner.
To Take a Temperature, What Type of Thermometer should You Use?
The most accurate and quickest way to take a temperature is with a digital thermometer. Most medicine stores and supermarket pharmacies stock digital thermometers. A digital thermometer might cost anywhere from $6 to $20, depending on where you shop. When using any thermometer, make sure to follow the manufacturer’s directions.
What Is the Best Way to Utilize a Digital Thermometer?
There are three methods to utilize a digital thermometer. These include:
- Oral: The thermometer is put beneath the tongue in this approach. This method is for adults and children aged 4 and up who are able to hold the thermometer in their mouth.
- Rectal: This method involves gently inserting the thermometer into the rectum. This is most commonly done with babies, but it can also be done with children as young as three years old. Children older than 3 years can have rectal temperatures taken, but it may be difficult to keep them as still as they need to be.
- Axillary: For young children or adults who can’t safely take their temperature orally, the thermometer is placed in the armpit. This procedure isn’t as precise as oral or rectal, but it’s a good first check. After that, you can do an oral or rectal reading.
- Other thermometers for young children and adults include:
- (ear) tympanic: This sort of thermometer uses infrared heat to determine the temperature inside the ear. Make sure to follow the device’s directions for correctly inserting the tip for the best results. Ear thermometers might be quicker and easier to use for older newborns and youngsters.
- Theyarenot, however, suggested for babies under the age of three months. If your child has excessive earwax or an earache, they should not be used.
- Temporal artery (forehead) thermometers are also used to detect temperature, but they are less accurate than digital thermometers and are typically more expensive. They are attached to the temporal artery of the forehead and measure the amount of infrared heat emitted by the head.
What Sorts of Thermometers should not be Used?
Because of their inaccuracy, some thermometers are not recommended.
- Pacifier thermometers are not precise and difficult to use correctly because they must stay in the child’s mouth for long enough to record a temperature.
- Smartphone app thermometers are not precise and difficult to use correctly because they must stay in the child’s mouth for long enough to record a temperature.
Is it OK to Use My Antique Mercury Glass Thermometer?
No, you should not use your mercurycontaining glass thermometer. Before digital thermometers were accessible, these types of thermometers could be found in practically every home and hospital. Because mercury thermometers were difficult to read, they didn’t always give accurate results. Mercury poisoning is the main reason they are no longer advised. When the glass cracks and mercury is released, this can happen. If you still have one of these thermometers, contact your local waste management authority to learn how to properly dispose of hazardous material.
There are mercury-free glass thermometers available, but most people prefer the digital thermometers that do.
How Do You Use a Thermometer to Take a Temperature?
Using an oral thermometer that is digital
1. Use soap and warm water to wash your hands.
2. Use a clean thermometer that has been washed in cold water, cleaned with rubbing alcohol, and rinse.
3. Wait at least five minutes before taking your temperature because the temperature of the food or beverage may cause the reading to be inaccurate. During this period, you should keep your mouth shut.
4. Place the tip of the thermometer under the tongue.
5. Leave the thermometer in place for about 40 seconds.
6. During measurement, the F (or C) symbol will flash and the readings will continue to rise.
7. When the final reading is taken, the thermometer will usually make a beeping noise (usually about 30 seconds). Make a note of the temperature and the time if you’re keeping track.
8. Wash the thermometer in cold water, then clean it with alcohol before rinsing it again.
Using a rectal thermometer that is digital (for babies and children up to 3 years old)
1. Use soap and warm water to clean the rectal thermometer. Use a regular thermometer instead of an oral thermometer.
2. Apply a small amount of lubricant (petroleum jelly or Vaseline®) to the thermometer’s sensor (tip).
3. Place your child on your lap or table, belly down, with one hand on their back. Place them face-up with their knees bent toward their chest and one hand on the back of their thighs. Put a diaper or a rag under your child because he or she may poop right after the thermometer is removed.
4. Gently insert the thermometer into the anus with your other hand until the tip is completely inside the rectum. If you encounter resistance, DON’T FORCE IT.
5. Hold the thermometer steady in your hand until the beep sounds (around 30 seconds).
6. Gently remove the item. Keep track of the temperature and the time.
7. Use soap and water to thoroughly clean the thermometer. You may want to clean it with alcohol again and then rinse it.
Using an axillary (same as oral) digital thermometer
1. Take off your child’s shirt and insert the thermometer tip into his or her armpit. To acquire the most accurate reading, make sure your child’s armpit is dry.
2. Fold your child’s arm across his or her chest to keep the axillary thermometer in place.
3. When the reading is complete, the thermometer will beep (this method may take longer than 30 seconds).
4. Remove the thermometer and record the temperature and time.
5. Clean the thermometer with soap and water or alcohol, rinsing thoroughly afterward.
What Is the Frequency with Which You Should Take Your Temperature?
How Should My Thermometer be Cleaned and Stored?
Keep the instructions that came with your thermometer so you may refer to them in the future if you have any issues. Any thermometer should be cleaned before and after use. To clean the tips of digital thermometers, use soap and water or alcohol. After that, you should rinse with lukewarm water. If you’re going to use one thermometer as a rectal thermometer, make sure it’s clean and labeled properly. It should be stored in such a way that you can tell it’s a rectal thermometer rather than an oral or axillary thermometer right away. Alcohol can be swiped across the ear and forehead tips, depending on the directions. The bottom part, the handles, can be disinfected with stronger cleaners. However, make sure to rinse away the disinfectant with water to avoid damaging the handle or your hands. If your thermometer comes with a protective case, keep it in the case. Keep your thermometer (or thermometers) in a dry, easy-to-find location that isn’t subjected to extreme temperature variations.
When Is the Best Time to Contact Your Healthcare Provider?
Call your provider if you have any questions about how to take a temperature. They can advise you on the best type of thermometer for your family and how to take your or your child’s temperature properly. This is a good moment to inquire about things like how often you should check your temperature or whether you should try to lessen the fever.
If you or someone in your family gets a fever and any of the following symptoms, call your doctor straight away.
- Suffering from a severe headache
- Tense neck
- A lump in the throat
- Any alteration that causes you concern
Keep in mind that you and your healthcare practitioner are working together to keep you and your family healthy. They’ll be happy to answer questions about the best thermometers, how to use them, and which numbers are crucial to keeping track of. While a fever can be frightening, it is also trying to communicate with you. Your provider is a partner in understanding what is being stated and responding appropriately.