I was so surprised to see how easy the latest device for measuring body temperature is to use. I can remember arguing with my mom that since my forehead and neck were warm, there was no sense in sticking that icky tasking, glass thing in my mouth to confirm a fever. Now all that it takes to get an accurate reading is a quick roll across the forehead with a temporal artery thermometer!
The process is the same for infants to adults. It reduces the threat of broken glass or the transfer of germs from one person to another. Its accuracy is amazing! Everyday activities like breathing, drinking cold or hot liquids, and coughing are known to cause inaccurate readings with other thermometers. The temporal artery thermometer, however, reads the heat released from the skin above the artery. Outside influences do not interfere with the measurement.
Several prominent manufacturers include this type of thermometer in their inventory. They are available for the medical community and individuals. The price is higher than that for regular thermometers, but the speed, accuracy, and convenience offset the amount. Move the instrument across a clear area of the forehead between the eyebrows and hairline. Any obstruction, even hair, can cause an inaccurate reading.
I listened to the kids chattering about how much fun it was to have their temperature taken at the clinic without having something pushed into their mouth, under their arm, or other undesirable spots. It is impressive that someone developed this incredible idea and created a beneficial family-friendly item to reduce the stress of going to the doctor. This is on my “to buy” list as the year moves into colds and flu season.
Has anyone in your family had their temperature taken this way? How do you feel about its use?