Choosing Thermometers for Your Children

Fever is one of the most common concerns of parents. Is it worth going to the trouble of measuring it?  The short answer is, "Yes." 

Many people will touch their children and feel confident that they know if they have fever or not. Research shows that parents who think their children have fever based on touch are right about 50% of the time. They are right about 80% of the time when they think that their child does not have a fever. It helps the pediatrician get a better sense of what is going on with a sick child when the parent takes the temperature.

So how do you choose from the many thermometers that are available? Here are some suggestions from published in Contemporary Pediatrics in 2016:
--Digital thermometers
--Rectal/ear thermometers
--Termporal artery thermometers