When your kids are sick, taking a baby temperature can be challenging. Trying to get sick children to sit still for two or three whole minutes seems impossible. When they're sick, all they want to do is sleep, and you don't want to wake them up. With normal thermometers, you don't have much choice. However, Fevermates is different, and we're going to compare the two so you can pick the one that is best for your child.
When Do You Need a Thermometer?
One of the first signs that your child isn't feeling well is a fever. A fever is the body's way of trying to fight off an infection. It can be either from a virus or bacteria. Your body will raise its natural temperature to try and kill off the infection.
For adults, a normal temperature stays around 37° C. What temp should a baby be? It can range between 36.4° and 37.4° C, while older people will be around 36.8° C. Your temperature can change throughout the day or night, and it can change with activity. If a fever is over 38.9° C, you may need to see a doctor. A fever this high is getting close to dangerous territory.
A thermometer lets you quickly and easily track your child's temperature. You'll know by reading it if you should seek medical attention or not. Also, it'll tell you when your child's fever breaks and their temperature returns to normal.
How Traditional Thermometers Work
You can take your little one's temperature by putting the thermometer under their tongue. It also works under their arm, or you can measure it rectally for a baby's temperature. If your child is over five years old, you should take their temperature by mouth.
If you have a digital thermometer, put it under your child's tongue until the thermometer beeps. A window will show their current temperature, and it can take a few minutes to measure. If you have a glass thermometer, look for a red or silver line. As long as the number is below 35.6° C put it under your child's tongue. They'll have to hold it there for three minutes to get their current temperature.
It is important to remember that under-arm temperatures are usually the least accurate. You should only use rectal thermometers on babies under three months old. This means that taking their temperature by mouth is the best way to get your child's current temperature. Your child does have to have their mouth closed for the full three minutes, and they can't bite the thermometer.
How Fevermates Work
Fevermates are a type of thermometer that you can stick to your child's skin, and will give you constant readings over 48 hours. They don't contain any latex, and they display clear temperature numbers. If you need to monitor your child's fever for over 48 hours, simply switch to a new Fevermate.
These thermometers have a sticky side to connect to your child's skin, and it's pain-free to remove. You won't have to wake your child up each time you want to check their temperature with Fevermates. They also come in several fun patterns so your child will be more accepting of wearing it.
Comparing Fevermates to Regular Thermometers
Both types of thermometers read your little one's temperature, and give you accurate readings. However, this is where the similarities end. You have to wake your child up to use a regular thermometer. With a Fevermate, all you have to do is look at the reading to get your child's current temperature. It can also be difficult to get accurate temperatures with normal thermometers, but Fevermates give you a clear number display.
Fevermates stick on thermometers stick directly on your child's skin, which is much easier than holding a traditional thermometer under the tongue. These traditional thermometers can be a struggle because kids don't sit still when they're not feeling good. All they want to do is sleep, and you interrupt this sleep each time you take their temperature with a regular thermometer. Fevermates let them get uninterrupted sleep, and this can help them recover more quickly.
Our fever indicator strips come with a latex-free design. They're also hypoallergenic and feature fun patterns and colours which kids will love. This makes them less scary for kids to wear and use. Fevermates come in packs of eight instead of a single thermometer, and this gives you enough for 16 days of monitoring. This is great news if you have more than one sick child at a time, and you can monitor both of them without a problem.
Learn More About Stick On Thermometers
Are you interested in learning more about Fevermates? Maybe you want to buy some and try them with your own kids. Either way, we can help. We're ready to answer all of your questions, and we encourage you to contact us today to find out more!