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Next to blankets and diapers, a reliable thermometer is probably one of the single most important baby items you will ever need. It has the potential to save your little one’s life which is why it is so crucial to invest in an accurate, good quality thermometer.
- 1 Types of thermometers
- 2 Top 10 forehead thermometers for babies and toddlers
- 3 1. iYouCare Baby Forehead and Ear Thermometer
- 4 2. TUMAMA Baby Ear and Forehead Infrared Thermometer
- 5 3. Weallnersse Digital Fever Thermometer
- 6 4. EUKOY Baby Ear and Forehead Thermometer
- 7 5. DrKea Ear and Forehead Thermometer
- 8 6. Braun BFH-125 Forehead thermometer
- 9 7. Exergen Temporal Scan Forehead Artery Baby Thermometer Tat-2000c Scanner
- 10 8. Zoe+Ruth Non-Contact Forehead Infrared Digital Thermometer
- 11 9. ANKOVO thermometer
- 12 10. Care Touch Digital Thermometer
Types of thermometers
Not too long ago, mercury-filled thermometers were the only thermometers available. Fortunately, we have a great variety of thermometers to choose from today, including mercury and digital ear, anal, and forehead thermometers.
While anal thermometers claim to be a little more accurate than others, they are quite invasive to say the least and waking a sick baby only to stick a thermometer up their “you-know-what” will almost always lead to tears.
Mercury thermometers are also becoming less popular due to the risk they hold if they break. This is why we are taking a peek at the best forehead thermometers today.
Forehead thermometers give a good indication on whether or not fever is present and they are non-intrusive/non-invasive. You will also find that most forehead thermometers these days come with an ear and surface option. It is important to note that while these thermometers are suitable for newborns, babies, toddlers and adults, one should only ever use the ear function after a baby has reached the age of 3 months.
How it works?
Forehead thermometers rely on infrared technology that scans and measures the temperature of your temporal artery on the forehead. Most thermometers can take several readings within a second, translating the readings to either Celsius or Fahrenheit.
We love how quick and non-invasive forehead thermometers are and how easily one can take a temperate without having to wake a sleeping child. Most of these thermometers even have silent modes as well as back-lit screens, allowing you to take the temperature in the dark.
So having a digital thermometer makes life a whole lot easier. You can get quick readings almost instantly but the problem parents seem to face is accuracy. While most forehead thermometers are fairly accurate, there are some out there that may give false or inaccurate readings. To minimalize this, we suggest you go for a reputable, trusted brand and follow these easy tips:
- Always keep the sensor clean
- Ensure that batteries are charged (and always keep spare batteries at hand)
- Avoid moist, sweaty spots when scanning the forehead
- Take an average of three readings and use the reading which falls in the middle
When to be worried?
A fever should always be taken seriously as it is our body’s way of warning us that something is off. While we are not allowed to provide medical advice, it is always a good idea to seek medical attention if your child has a high or persistent fever, or a fever when under the age of three months.
Top 10 forehead thermometers for babies and toddlers
Finding accurate, reliable forehead thermometers proved to be a challenge even for us but we have searched wide and far to bring you only the best of the best – So here they are, in no particular order:
1. iYouCare Baby Forehead and Ear Thermometer
The iYouCare Baby Forehead and Ear Thermometer is fairly new on the market but already has raving reviews. The thermometer relies on infrared and can be used either on the forehead or the ear. It is suitable for the whole family. It also features an “object mode” which can be used to measure food, room temperature, or even bath temperature!
The iYouCare Baby Forehead and Ear Thermometer takes only a second to take a temperature and will let you know that it is done by sounding a beep. Results can be given via voice, but we love that this thermometer also has a mute option to avoid waking your baby in the middle of the night.
The thermometer will also indicate whether someone has a fever or not by means of the LED light: Green, indicating no fever; Orange, indicating a slight fever and red, indicating high fever.
The thermometer can store up to 35 readings and operates using 2 X AAA batteries. It can also switch between Fahrenheit and Celsius by opening the battery cover and flipping a switch. We quite like the travel case the thermometer comes in. It doesn’t make use of any disposable lens filters and perhaps adding a cap to protect the lens would be a nice addition when they upgrade this model.
2. TUMAMA Baby Ear and Forehead Infrared Thermometer
The TUMAMA Baby Ear and Forehead Infrared Thermometer can be used to take temperature via the ear as well as on the forehead and as the name suggests, uses an infrared sensor to display temperate accurately. This thermometer also contains object mode, which can be used to measure room temperature and other items.
When used in forehead mode, the TUMAMA Baby Ear and Forehead Infrared Thermometer can give results in just one second and provides warnings using a color-changing background: Red, orange and green. An alarm will also sound should you or your child have a temperature during a reading. Again, we appreciate that the alarm can be muted.
The TUMAMA Baby Ear and Forehead Infrared Thermometer is suitable for both children and adults and can store up to 32 readings. It is easy to switch between Fahrenheit and Celsius and uses 2 x AAA batteries. What we love most about this thermometer, is that is incredibly easy to figure out as well as user-friendly.
3. Weallnersse Digital Fever Thermometer
The Weallnersse Digital Fever Thermometer is suitable for all ages and can be used as a forehead thermometer as well as an ear thermometer. The thermometer accurately takes a temperature on the forehead within one second without having to touch the forehead and automatically shuts down if not used within 30 seconds.
You can store up to 32 readings with the Weallnersse Digital Fever Thermometer, and the LED backlight will indicate whether a fever is present or not (Green, orange or red). It can be switched to silent mode, and it is also possible to set the alarm value yourself should you wish to do so.
The Weallnersse Digital Fever Thermometer requires no lens filters but also doesn’t have a sensor cap. Fortunately, it comes with a convenient carry bag. The thermometer uses 2 x AAA batteries, and while it is small, the screen is big enough for easy reading. You also have the option of switching between Fahrenheit and Celsius.
4. EUKOY Baby Ear and Forehead Thermometer
The EUKOY Baby Ear and Forehead Thermometer can be used on the forehead, in the ear and has the ability to measure the temperature of objects. It can retain up to 20 temperature readings which makes it easy for you to monitor your child’s temperature throughout time.
A red light will give you a warning if someone has a temperature and as with most thermometers these days, it can be switched to mute. The EUKOY Baby Ear and Forehead Thermometer can be used on babies, kids, and adults and one can choose between Fahrenheit and Celsius. The thermometer comes with a portable carry case and uses 2 x AAA batteries to operate.
5. DrKea Ear and Forehead Thermometer
The DrKea Ear and Forehead Thermometer is a tri-mode thermometer that features advanced infrared to give an accurate temperature display in one second. The thermometer can be used to measure temperature in the ear, on the forehead, and even the temperature of a milk bottle!
The forehead temperature is taken by sliding the thermometer across the forehead and holding in the button. You can change the reading from Fahrenheit to Celsius without difficulty, and the K500ix makes use of a color indicator – Green and red. The thermometer can also be switched to silent mode when your baby is sleeping.
You will need 2 x AAA batteries for the thermometer, and we loved the hygiene dust bag that is included! On Amazon, the DrKea Ear and Forehead Thermometer is $27.99.
6. Braun BFH-125 Forehead thermometer
The Braun BFH-125 Forehead thermometer can accurately display results within seconds through a gentle touch on the forehead. The thermometer measures the infrared energy that is radiated from the skin and then converts this reading into Fahrenheit.
This particular thermometer has a forehead function as well as an ear function and features a color-coded temperature reading: Green indicating no fever, Yellow indicating a slight fever, and red indicating a high temperature. The thermometer is suitable for both kids and adults and is easy to operate.
The Braun BFH-125 Forehead thermometer requires disposable lens filters in order to work. While this great regarding hygiene, it does mean that you will need to stock up on filters. Fortunately, they aren’t very expensive. The thermometer also comes with a protective cap and can store only two temperatures at a time.
The Braun Forehead thermometer relies on two AAA batteries for operation but take note that it only displays temperature in Fahrenheit.
We also have to mention that while some swear by it, there has been an increase in complaints regarding their accuracy.
7. Exergen Temporal Scan Forehead Artery Baby Thermometer Tat-2000c Scanner
The Exergen Temporal Scan Forehead Artery Baby Thermometer Tat-2000c Scanner captures 1 000 readings per second with a gentle stroke of the forehead, displaying only the most accurate of the readings. The thermometer provides its readings by using arterial heat balance when swiping the forehead.
The thermometer requires no probe covers and can store up to 8 previous readings. It will also alert you if you are not taking the temperature correctly – extremely helpful with digital thermometers these days. The Exergen Tat-200C can easily switch between Fahrenheit and Celsius and relies on a single 9V battery in order to operate.
8. Zoe+Ruth Non-Contact Forehead Infrared Digital Thermometer
The Zoe+Ruth Non-Contact Forehead Infrared Digital Thermometer uses hospital-grade technology to provide highly accurate temperature readings using their exclusive Zoe+Ruth Advanced Infrared Detection System. It only takes one second to take a temperature on the forehead while also featuring a room and object mode.
The thermometer is screen-lit which makes it easy to take your little one’s temperature at night, and it features four different colored alerts: Blue, green, yellow, and red. You can also turn the thermometer on silent when taking a temperature – Perfect for when the kids are asleep. You can also easily recall up to 20 previous readings.
The Zoe+Ruth ZR-IR200 is suitable for babies and adults and makes use of 2 x AAA 1.5V batteries to operate. We love the auto-shutoff function that ensures a long battery life along with the very sturdy travel case that will keep your thermometer safe and sound when traveling.
9. ANKOVO thermometer
The ANKOVO thermometer relies on hi-tech infrared sensors to provide accurate readings within 1 second when sliding the thermometer from one side to the other in forehead mode. The ANKOVO thermometer can also be used as an ear thermometer and is suitable for adults and kids.
You can store up to 20 readings on the thermometer which has an extensive fever warning alarm, entailing 7 rapid and short rings if your child has a fever, accompanied by a background flicker. The thermometer will flicker either green in case of no fever or red in case of a fever.
Unfortunately, this model has no silent mode, but we do like the low battery indicator that warns you ahead of time when you need to replace the batteries.
The ANKOVO thermometer has a Fahrenheit as well as a Celsius mode and requires 2 x AAA batteries for operation. The thermometer comes in a drawstring bag for convenience and it will also automatically turn off when not in use.
10. Care Touch Digital Thermometer
The Care Touch Digital Thermometer contains three different functions – An ear, forehead, and surface thermometer. You can even accurately measure the temperature of your little one’s milk bottle.
The thermometer will sound a warning if a fever is present and also features a helpful color fever indicator: Green, yellow and red. The color indicator is displayed underneath the display screen, along with a happy, neutral or sad face for easy reading. The Care Touch Digital Thermometer is a one-touch thermometer and displays accurate readings within one second.
We are particularly fond of the carry case. Most thermometers come with a carry bag made from a material, but this carry case offers just a little more protection when placed in your bag. It also contains lens caps to protect your thermometer, and you can change temperature readings from Celsius to Fahrenheit. It is, however, a little challenging to change settings such as time and date at first. The Care Touch Digital Thermometer uses 1 x CR2 battery and is suitable for infants, children, and adults.
As we’ve already mentioned, a thermometer is a must when it comes to babies and seeing that babies always tend to fall ill at night, we suggest that you are prepared. Always make sure you have spare batteries for your chosen thermometer and if you can afford it, keep a spare thermometer in the cupboard.
Always take along your thermometer when traveling (babies sure know how to keep you on your toes when you least expect it) and if your thermometer requires lens filters, be sure to stock up on those too as many won’t allow you to take a temperature without it.
We hope that you find a thermometer you love on our list and if you don’t already have one, be sure to add one of these amazing thermometers to your registry immediately!