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I like to be precise with numbers — especially when the number I am looking for determines whether or not we need to make a trip to the emergency room (or a dispensary as my parents call it). To be precise, the rectal thermometer was the way to go when the little guy was under a year. Everything I read said it was the most accurate, and the pediatrician seemed to like the fact we used that method. Then we noticed what our pediatrician was using in the office – forehead thermometer. So, we finally broke and picked up an Exergen Forehead Thermometer, which you can buy here: Exergen Temporal Artery Thermometer MODEL# 2000C

Would I have used the forehead thermometer for our little dude when he was under a year: no. Do we use it now: absolutely. Do we trust it like the rectal thermometer: no.

This goes against what Consumer Reports has to say on the issue — but their most recent writeup looks to be over 3 years old. Their beef — forehead thermometers are not as accurate as rectal — and this seems to be a common theme: nothing is as accurate as a rectal thermometer. I agree — but don’t feel the need to be 100% accurate when I am gauging fever/no fever.

In the end, I did not do a test for comparison (just seemed a bit cruel to “test” a rectal thermometer on the kiddo when he didn’t appear to have a fever) and it is important to note how we use this device. If the reading would be high enough to warrant a visit to the E.R., I would most certainly pull out the rectal thermometer to make double check. I saw some complaints about unnecessary trips to the E.R., but a little due diligence can go a long way.

The forehead thermometer is useful for a quick read on the situation and if you need to take multiple readings while in the middle of a fever.

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