One of the best ways to gauge how sick a child really is involves taking kids temperature with a thermometer. This common household device tells parents how high the child’s fever is so that an appropriate treatment can be pursued. But when children aren’t feeling well, that can make taking kids temperature much more of a struggle.
This article will highlight how to make taking a sick child’s temperature easier and a more stress-free experience. Fortunately, there are ways to assess a fever in fun and engaging ways to take some of the hassle out of the task.
Fever is the body’s natural reaction to fighting off sickness, but not all fevers should be treated in the same way. Low-grade fevers are often best left alone to run their course; however, very high fevers may require immediate medical attention. New parents may be concerned about how to take temperature in the most effective way because there are multiple ways that this can be done. To help control high fevers, PediaCare’s Fever Reducer & Pain Reliever is safe for children as young as two years old.
One unique way to take a child’s temperature is to use stick-on fever strips. Look for strips that feature photos of animals or other fun images to remind the child of playtime. These strips work by lighting up or changing colors to indicate temperature readings without invasive measures. Strips may not be as accurate as thermometers, but they can be used to regularly monitor temperature as it stabilizes and starts to go down.
No-contact baby thermometer guns can also be used to take a child’s temperature. Some thermometer devices can be laid on or near the baby’s forehead to produce alarm beeps with a temperature reading. No-contact thermometers can actually detect temperature within a distance of about two inches, which is convenient for parents who want to check their baby’s temperature without disrupting sleep or nap time.
An easy way that parents can make a child feel more comfortable when using a thermometer is to take their own temperature first. By showing a child that taking a temperature is painless and not scary, kids may be more willing to allow their parents to take it without making a fuss.
Toy first aid kits help kids learn about medicine and what it means to take care of others. Pick up a small toy first aid kit that has a thermometer inside and encourage the child to use it on stuffed animals. This way, taking the child’s temperature will feel more like a fun playtime exercise and not be scary at all.
Children often respond well to rewards for a job well done, and taking the temperature is no exception. Explain to the child that if he or she allows the temperature to be taken without crying or having a tantrum, that a small reward will be given. This could be as simple as allowing the child to watch a favorite TV show, drink a cup of favorite juice, or hold a new stuffed animal.
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