4 Tips For Taking Your Toddler's Temperature

Taking your toddler's temperature is something that may become necessary at some point if they are sick. After all, once they hit a certain temperature, you will want to take them to see their doctor or potentially into the emergency room. To ensure that you always get an accurate reading, here are four tips to help you take your toddler's temperature:

  1. Buy a Thermometer Early: It's important to invest in a thermometer long before you actually need to use it. This way, you purchase a thermometer that provides the most accurate readings possible. You can also be sure that you end up with a thermometer that you are comfortable using. For example, some parents are not comfortable with rectal thermometers for their toddler, but that may be your only option if you are in a rush to buy a thermometer because your child is sick. 
  2. Know How to Use the Thermometer: When you go to purchase a thermometer, be sure that you read the label on the back to determine how the thermometer can be used. It's best to buy a digital thermometer that can be used to take your toddler's temperature by mouth, ear, or even armpit. This way, you can have options, since your toddler is going to be probably going to be squirmy while taking their temperature. With the multiple options, you can use the one that works best for you and your toddler. 
  3. Take Their Temperature at the Right Time: If you are going to take your child's temperature in the mouth after they have eaten something hot or cold, you need to wait. This will ensure that you get an accurate reading. You also don't want to take their temperature by armpit if they have been bundled under blankets for a long period of time. Keep in mind that by taking your child's temperature by the rectum always provides the most accurate reading. However, you don't have to do this if you are not comfortable. 
  4. Take Their Temperature With Patience: Many tasks involving a toddler can be challenging, which includes taking their temperature, especially if they are already fussy from being sick. The best thing to do is be calm and explain what is being done. Show them how the buttons work  and maybe even encourage them to hold the thermometer themselves while their temperature is being taken. This way, your toddler can feel more in control. 

When you utilize these four tips for taking your toddler's temperature, you can be sure that you get the most accurate reading possible, which will help you better determine when your child needs to visit their doctor. 

For more information, contact Entira Family Clinics or a similar organization.