Three Things to Consider Before Upgrading Your Thermometer

Electronic, accurate thermometers have replaced the glass-and-mercury devices of yesteryear.

Remember the days of sticking an old-fashioned thermometer in your mouth, under your tongue, and waiting for the reading? That process still works, but modern technology has advanced the way thermometers work (and we certainly aren’t complaining about it). But it has made shopping for thermometers a bit more complicated. To help, here are three things you want to look for: a thermometer with a digital display, one that can store previous temperature readings, and one that is easy to use.

Digital Display

Long gone are the days of trying to read the mercury level rising in a tiny tube. Braun

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Upgrade your health by upgrading your thermometer to one that comes with the ability to display results on a digital screen to ensure the highest level of accuracy. Look for a thermometer that offers a pre-warmed reading area (whether it’s a pad for the forehead or a tip for the ear). Why is this important? Because a cool tip could affect the temperature reading and make it read lower than the patient’s temperature actually is.

Recorded Readings

Keep track of temperature readings with a thermometer that stores previous tests. GoodBaby

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When you or someone in your house isn’t feeling well, you want to be keeping track of his or her temperature. Rather than trying to remember or write down how much someone’s temperature changes from reading to reading, find a thermometer that will do that for you. Some thermometers can store up to 35 temperature readings that are easy to access whenever you need.

Easy to Use

No one wants to fuss with a complicated thermometer when they are sick. iProven

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Not only do you want a thermometer that is easy to use when it comes to the technical side of things, you also want a thermometer that isn’t an inconvenience for whoever is sick. Children can be especially difficult when it comes to sticking thermometers in their ears (and we certainly can’t blame them), so look for a thermometer option that allows you to scan the forehead area for a reading instead.