burns72 wrote:OK, my opinion to any first time woot parents out there thinking of buying a Thermometer (either oral or rectial)don't do it. Spend the extra money and buy a Temporal Artery Thermometer. There are a few companies that make them. You do not have to wake the baby/kid up. They are accurate.
Sorry, no they are not accurate. Or, rather, they are not as accurate as a rectal thermometer.
They are handy for getting a quick temp without waking the baby, but they can be off by as much as +/- 1 degree C or more. Temporal Artery Thermometers can also be thrown off by evaporating sweat, cool breezes, or warm lights.
TAT's are more accurate than Ear thermometers, and about as accurate as an Oral thermometer, but if your baby shows a fever with the TAT, confirm it with a rectal thermometer. That's the first thing your doctor is going to do anyway.
Also, they are $30+ at Wally world.
TLDR: Temporal Artery Thermometers are OK, but Rectal thermometers are better.