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Thermometers

An accurate thermometer is an essential first-aid tool for parents.

What is a thermometer?

Thermometers are a great way to get a fast accurate reading of your child’s temperature. Feeling warmth on your child's forehead can reveal a potential problem, but it doesn't tell you enough. In babies younger than 3 months, even a low fever can be a sign of a serious illness or infection. Ideally, to get a fast and accurate reading of your child’s temperature, you need a digital thermometer.

Which thermometer is right for you?

Try and choose one that's easy to use and appropriate for your child's age. Also consider the cost and how you want to use the thermometer. Some thermometers can measure your child's temperature in more than one way (for example, in the mouth or under the arm), while others offer just one option.

With some models, you pop the thermometer under their armpit, wait for a sign it’s ready – usually a beep after about 15 seconds – and then read the display. Some models pop inside your baby’s ear. And some even let you take the temperature without it touching your baby – ideal when they’re being wriggly! Some can measure heart rate and take the temperature of the room too.

How much will a thermometer cost?

Prices start at around £5, but for a good one, you can expect to pay £25 or more.

Top tips for buying a thermometer

Strip-type thermometers, that you hold onto the child’s forehead, aren’t accurate, and mercury-in-glass thermometers must be avoided at all costs!

Ready to buy?

Take a look at some of the popular thermometers below.

Thermometer Braun Thermoscan IRT 4520

Braun Thermoscan 5 IRT4520 Ear Thermometer

RRP: £76.99 - Buy now

Clinically tested in-ear thermometer that is suitable for the whole family, from newborns to adults

  • Displays temperature in degrees C or degrees F
  • Has guidance system to makes sure you have it correctly positioned for an accurate result
  • Has an 8x memory function so you can record previous readings
  • Takes just seconds to get baby's temperature
  • Has a soft, flexible tip which warms up for more accurate results
  • Comes with a protective case
  • Has disposable lens filters for hygiene and accuracy
  • Takes two AA batteries


Why we love the Braun Thermoscan 5 IRT4520 Ear Thermometer ....

  • It is just so quick and easy to use – even when your baby is asleep!
  • With this unit, you don't need any other thermometers – the whole family can use it from birth onwards
  • It has disposable covers for the part that goes in your ear so it's ultra hygienic (and you can pick up replacements really cheaply online)
  • Lots of doctors and nurses use this thermometer which is mega reassuring!
  • You can see the results in either Celsius or Fahrenheit so the reading makes sense across the generations!

Thermometer Digital Fever Alert

Summer Digital Fever Alert

RRP: £24.99 - Buy now

Offering great value for money, and usage from newborn upwards, this is easy to use, infra-red thermometer is a nursery must-have

  • Can be used for newborn babies and older children and adults thanks two interchangeable tips
  • Works with an infra red sensor so no probing needing
  • Has 'fever alert' technology which turns display red if a high temperature is recorded
  • Can save up to 12 previous readings for comparison and monitoring
  • Display can be set to degree Celsius or Fahrenheit


Why we love the Summer Digital Fever Alert ....

  • The fever alert system is really reassuring and leaves no room for error – perfect for anxious new parents!
  • Can be used for all the family, so a great medicine cabinet staple for everyone to use
  • Doesn't need probe covers because the infra red technology, meaning it is always clean and ready for use
  • The memory recall is really useful for monitoring your baby and keeping a note of their condition

Thermometer Tommee Tippee Digital

Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Digital Thermometer

RRP: £29.95 - Buy now

Offering great value for money, and usage from newborn upwards, this is easy to use, infra-red thermometer is a nursery must-have

  • Can be used for newborn babies and older children and adults thanks two interchangeable tips
  • Works with an infra red sensor so no probing needing
  • Has 'fever alert' technology which turns display red if a high temperature is recorded
  • Can save up to 12 previous readings for comparison and monitoring
  • Display can be set to degree Celsius or Fahrenheit


Why we love the Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Digital Thermometer ....

  • The LCD screen is really easy to read and lights up so you can take baby's temperature in the night without turning light on or waking them
  • The reading comes through really fast, taking only a second to record
  • Comes with 8 spare covers for the part that goes in the ear, so is really clean and hygienic to use
  • Has a really tiny ear tip so can easily be used on even the teeniest newborns
  • The Fever Alert alarm is brilliant and avoids any confusion over what is and isn't a high temperature!

Thermometer Infared Ear

Infrared Ear Thermometer & Fever Thermometer With Memory

RRP: £19.20 - Buy now

Easy and accurate to use infra-red in-ear thermometer for the whole family

  • Can be used for newborns through to adults
  • Has a 9 memory recall so you can monitor your baby's temperature when they are unwell
  • Comes with 20 extra tip covers so the ear probe remains hygienic for all the family to use
  • Fast and accurate reading means your baby does not get distressed when you are taking their temperature
  • Runs off a supplied lithium battery


Why we love the Infrared Ear Thermometer & Fever Thermometer With Memory ....

  • Really good price for an infra-red product the whole family can use
  • The extra probe covers keep is reassuring clean and hygienic when being used in poorly households! 
  • It is really fast with the reading – essential when you have a hot, grouchy baby to deal with!
  • You can change the reading from Celsius to Fahrenheit depending on whether you work in old or new money!
  • It's compact and easy to store in the bathroom cabinet or baby's changing bag

Thermometer Dreambaby Large Display

Dreambaby Large Display Digital Thermometer

RRP: £8.54 - Buy now

A great price thermometer which accurately records your baby's temperature in 30 seconds, for peace of mind and reassurance

  • Reading display can be switch between Celcius and Fahrenheit
  • Has a Fever Alert with a rapid beep if your baby is found to have a high temperature
  • It is really simple – no setting up or complicated instructions, just out of packet and ready to use
  • Can be used under baby's arm or in their ear
  • Has a large, easy to read clear and well-lit LED screen


Why we love the Dreambaby Large Display Digital Thermometer ....

  • It is totally straightforward and easy to use – idiot proof, in fact!
  • Makes a great budget option to keep in a travel bag, changing bag or at granny's
  • We love that you can switch between Fahrenheit and Celsius so everyone can understand the numbers!
  • The fever alert sound is really reassuring – instantly letting you know if your baby's temperature is higher than it should be
  • It has a really soft, flexible tip to keep baby comfortable and stress free

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