Thermometers: A Parent's Guide
It used to be easy for parents to choose a thermometer: They only had one choice! But on today's market, there are many types and price ranges from which to choose. They all do the job, but choosing the best one for your child's age and temperament will make the task of getting a reading accurate, easy and quick.
Mercury and Glass
It used to be the only choice in town, but don't scoff at this old-fashioned thermometer. Accurate and economical, the big drawback here is the time it takes to get a reading: three minutes both orally and rectally. Breakage is also a problem, so handle with care.
Rectal type, under 3
Cost: 3 to 5 dollars
Easy to use, this thermometer is held in the armpit for a few seconds. This method is user-friendly and is accurate if kept firmly under the arm for the time required. Good for children who won't tolerate oral or rectal readings.
Age group: Birth and up
Cost: 12 to 50 dollars, depending on model
An easy solution if your toddler resists using a regular thermometer. This clever thermometer is hidden in a pacifier nipple. The reading takes three minutes and to be accurate the thermometer should stay in the child's firmly closed mouth for the entire three minutes.