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The Effectiveness of Rectal Thermometer in Household
Oral type allows the users to place the thermometer into the mouth and under the tongue to measure the temperature. A rectal type, on the other hand, allows users to insert it into their rectum and allow them to obtain a more accurate reading. Rectum thermometers are usually used to measure the temperature of newly born babies.
For hospitals, the use of rectal thermometers is common. Aside from that, they use other thermometers like the ear thermometer. The traditional way of measuring temperature is through the armpit, mouth, and sometimes even the forehead. But unlike any other thermometer, this thermometer gives an accurate measurement of temperature; that is why we can say that it is one of the best thermometers to use.
A glass rectal thermometer is designed differently from an oral thermometer. The bulb is much shorter and thicker and there is no danger it can penetrate and damage the thin rectal wall. When you compare an oral and a rectal thermometer side by side, the difference is so obvious there should be no confusion, but the use of glass thermometers is becoming obsolete.
Electrical rectal thermometers (or probes) are quickly replacing them for convenience and ease of use. Although they do look the same, a rectal one is color coded with red and an oral thermometer uses blue, so there should be no confusion, although they are the same shape and size.
Average children have about 8 fevers per year. The number of fever may go up in the future due to the severity of the flu season. Therefore having a good thermometer to monitor your babies' health is very important. Nowadays, parents tend to prefer to use oral, axillary, or a forehead thermometer on their infants. However, the truth is rectal thermometer is the most accurate out of all. The only drawbacks are it may cause discomfort on the babies and it also requires proper use.
This thermometer is important especially for the infants. It is advisable that when you buy one, you know how to use it properly. Rectal thermometers should be used if supervise and taught by an expert. They can be harmful, especially when it breaks so be sure to handle it with care. When this is used by infants, they should be watched over to prevent accidents.
The proper use of rectal thermometer comes with steps. First, wipe off the lubricant, be it petroleum jelly or water-based lubricant, using a thick tissue paper or a disposable paper towel. Create a mixture of liquid soap and warm water in a small disposable glass. The glass doesn't always have to be disposable, but, for obvious reasons, should never be a drinking glass. Dip the tip of the digital thermometer, not the whole thermometer itself, into the soapy water and swirl it until the water bubbles. Completely dip the part inserted into the rectum in the soapy water to wash away the bacteria. Take it out of the soap mixture and rinse the tip with warm running water. Using a new paper towel or tissue paper, dry the clean thermometer. Ensure you have read the thermometer first before cleaning it; otherwise the temperature will change upon contact with water.