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Thermometer for baby


What type of thermometer did you end up getting to take babies temperature?  There are so many choices it is confusing about which is a good reader and which is a gimic.

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  • We use this one.  No need to stick anything in their butt and it works quickly.
  • We have the exergyn temporal one for nervous checks and the Vicks rectal one if we need to confirm a very high temp. I'm glad we have both so I can check as often as I want, but also can make sure that I'm giving the doctor a correct temprature.
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  • Vicks rectal. Super easy to use.
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  • Vicks rectal for the real thing, exergen temporal for excessive crazy FTM checks and for when he's older.
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    edited November 2013
    My DS cried so hard when I took his temp with the rectal thermometer that he threw up. He wasn't crying like he was in pain; he just really hates to be messed with (he's been batting away the Exergen thermometer and screaming when we wipe his nose). It's been a long week.
  • We also used a rectal thermometer up until a few months ago.  I think it gives the most accurate reading.  But now that he's a crazy person during diaper changes, we use this...


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  • I plan to buy a couple cheap rectal ones. Even for my older kids, the forehead one is never right for us.

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  • Cheapo rectal thermometer gives the most accurate reading and most pediatricians will recommend this method. I agree with other posters, the forehead one is always wrong for us too :(  DS is 3.5 and I have had no issues taking his temp ever.





  • Wow, I'm surprised so many pediatricians said rectal. We were specifically told to NOT use rectal. Both our pediatrician and the take-home instructions from the hospital LO was born at said take the temp under the armpit for newborns.

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  • We have the Summer Infant 3-in-1 Thermometer and have found it really useful for DD. You can choose the rectal, underarm, or mouth attachment to get a reading. I usually do the rectal because I've found its most accurate.
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