CNN ran a story on thermometers this week and I was concerned the reporter didn't answer the question we as parents want to know. The reporter didn't ask about the new over-the-counter head thermometers that are supposed to be more accurate than ever before. I think they're so much easier to use, but if they are completely inaccurate, I need to throw it away.
Here's the CNN story:
During cold and flu season, taking a child's temperature can be a real challenge for some parents, but experts say it doesn't have to be. They say to get an accurate reading, you need to use the type of thermometer most appropriate for your child's age.
- Rectal Thermometer:best for infants under three months
- Underarm or rectal thermometer: best for children between three months and three- years-old
- Thermometer under the tongue: older than three-years-old
A normal temperature is around 98-point-6 degrees. Experts say any temperature over 100 is reason to see a doctor.
So, here's are the responses from Dr. Elizabeth Kramer, the Pediatric Residency Program Director and Clinical Assistant Professor for the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria.
Jen: Do you agree with the recommendations?
Dr. Kramer:"I agree with all of the recommendations except seeing a Dr. if thetemperature is over 100. The number is not as important as the child's level of activity. If the child is listless, lethargic, inconsolable, not drinking or urinating they need to be seen immediately regardless ofthe temperature. The exception to this recommendation is if a child under 2months of age has a temperature over 100.4 rectally they need tobe seen immediately (do not give medicines to reduce fevers) regardlessof the child's appearance."
Jen: What thermometers do local pediatricians recommend using?
Dr. Kramer: "Pediatricians recommend the use of digital thermometers either orally or rectally. These are the most accurate on the market.
Dr. Kramer:"I am unaware of studies with regards to the accuracyof the forehead thermometers."
Jen: What about the ear thermometers you can buy over the counter? How accurate are they?
Dr. Kramer:"If an ear thermometer is used correctly it can be as accurate as a digital thermometer unless the child is under 3 years of age. Bottom line: Use a Digital thermometer."-NewsAnchorMom Jen