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Ear thermometer

Posted by on Mar. 22, 2013 at 6:50 PM
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I bought this thermometer: because we had the under tongue/armpit/rectal type but it was always showing like 96-97 degrees on everyone, so assumed it was crap. I've been checking my 6 month olds temp because she's teething and I'm paranoid I'm going to mistake sickness for teething. It shows her temp as 99.2, but mine is 101.5...It did the same thing 2 weeks ago, except hers was normal and mine was over 101

I don't feel sick or even hot at all, I feel like I just can't trust any thermometer! What could be the problem?  I'm pretty sure it had directions for use for different ages including adults, but I can't find them.

by on Mar. 22, 2013 at 6:50 PM
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by New Member on Mar. 22, 2013 at 6:54 PM
Go to the manufacture's website to look for the manual. The temps different places are different ranges on what's normal so check on that. I know on my ear one an attachment can come off to scan the forehead, which has a different normal then the ear.
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by Brandy - Admin on Mar. 22, 2013 at 8:59 PM

Normal body temperature range is different depending on where the temp is taken.  Some people also run a little hotter then others, you may be one of them.  Here is some info I found:

What is normal body temperature?

Most people think of a "normal" body temperature as an oral temperature of 98.6°F (37°C). This is an average of normal body temperatures. Your temperature may actually be 1°F (0.6°C) or more above or below 98.6°F (37°C). Also, your normal body temperature changes by as much as 1°F (0.6°C) throughout the day, depending on how active you are and the time of day. Body temperature is very sensitive to hormone levels and may be higher or lower when a woman is ovulating Click here to see more information. or having her menstrual period.

A rectal Click here to see more information. or ear (tympanic membrane) temperature reading is slightly higher than an oral temperature reading. A temperature taken in the armpit is slightly lower than an oral temperature reading. The most accurate way to measure body temperature is to take a rectal temperature.

by Chrissy - Admin on Mar. 22, 2013 at 9:48 PM
We ended up getting a forehead one. Our ear one sucked and aren't all that good on infants because their ears are so small it's hard to get a good reading
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by Marianne - Owner on Mar. 23, 2013 at 3:09 PM

 We honestly never used a thermometer, so I don't know.

I do know that we have a lot of nerve endings in our lips, so a quick kiss to the forehead will let you know whether it's warmer than it should be, but it won't tell you actual body temperature of course.

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