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January 22nd, 2010, 06:58 AM
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My kids are 4 and 6 and we've been using the temporal artery thermometer (forehead). Just wondering what's the best because my 4 year old has had a fever. I just took her temp and it was 104.8. Then I waited the 30 seconds it says to, took it again and it was 100.8. It always varies by a degree or 2, which is totally annoying, but never 4 whole degrees!

I'm not too concerned b/c she's acting fine but we have a dr appt in an hour anyway...I'm going to ask them.
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January 22nd, 2010, 07:06 AM
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We use this one. ComfortFlex Thermometer | Walgreens I like that it's flexible and fast! Which is great for us with a wiggling toddler who just wants it over with.
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January 22nd, 2010, 07:08 AM
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I have the temporal one too. I wonder why the readings were so off?
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January 22nd, 2010, 08:12 AM
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I tried a temporal artery one but never got the same readings twice in a row. We just use a Safety 1st digital underarm thermometer instead.
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January 22nd, 2010, 08:14 AM
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I just use a digitial axillary one. It seems the simplest.
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January 22nd, 2010, 09:49 AM
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I used to have one of those but it always seemed to read off. I now have one like the drs office that is a digital ear thermomter
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January 22nd, 2010, 10:12 AM
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I have one that can go from mouth, to underarm to rectal. I always take Kinley's temp (shes 2.5) her in rectum because it is always accurate...plus she won't stay still for one in her mouth or under her arm.
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January 22nd, 2010, 02:00 PM
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I use an ear thermometer and it can vary too. Drives me nuts.
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