Digital thermometers let you check the temperature of yourself or others with an accurate reading to the nearest decimal. Thermometers are used by medical professionals as well as in the everyday household for checking ailments. This makes for taking temperatures when somebody is feeling unwell quick and easy. The fact that the thermometers are digital means that they may require batteries. When taking a temperature reading different devices are used in different ways. Some can go under the armpit or in any of the other places used to take a temperature, in a stick like form. Others are used by placing the thermometer inside the ear with a detachable nozzle for personal hygiene. The thermometers will often beep or make some form of electrical indication that the temperature has reached its limit and the reading is ready to be taken. Digital thermometers much simpler to use and much more effective than ordinary thermometers.
Always use a digital thermometer to check your child’s temperature (see “Types of digital thermometers” chart below fore more information, including guidelines on what type of thermometer to use by age). Mercury thermometers should not be used. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) encourages parents to remove mercury thermometers from their homes to prevent accidental exposure and poisoning.
Note: Temperature readings may be affected by how the temperature is measured and other factors. Your child’s temperature and other signs of illness will help your doctor recommend treatment that is best for your child.