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How to choose the right fever thermometer for you and your family

Choosing the right thermometer can seem daunting with so many available, here’s an easy-to-follow step-by-step guide to choosing the right one for your family’s needs

As a parent, you can’t stop your family from getting poorly, but you can be prepared to care for them when they’re feeling under the weather. With a whole host of options available, choosing the right fever thermometer for your family’s needs isn’t always as straightforward as it should be, that’s why we’ve created a guide to make it a little easier.

Ear Thermometers

How do ear thermometers work?

The ear is a good site for temperature measurement because it reflects the core temperature of the body1. Body temperature is regulated by the hypothalamus2, which shares the same blood supply as the tympanic membrane3. This means changes in core body temperature are usually detected sooner in the tympanic membrane than other areas.

Which one should I choose?

All Braun infrared ear thermometers feature ThermoScan® technology, which measure heat generated by the eardrum and surrounding tissue to give an accurate temperature on an easy to read digital display in seconds. With three different models in the range, your family are in good hands when it comes to measuring temperature.

Braun ThermoScan® 7 Ear thermometer with Age Precision® – IRT6520

picture of Braun ThermoScan® 7 Ear thermometer with Age Precision® – IRT 6520

This thermometer features two of Braun most cutting-edge technologies – ThermoScan® and Age Precision®, making this a perfect thermometer for all the family.

Clinical research shows that the definition of fever changes with a child’s age, what is a normal temperature in a four-year-old can be a fever for a newborn. Braun has developed Age Precision® technology making it quicker and easier to identify whether your child has a temperature and if it is a cause for concern based on their age.

Mother reading her baby’s temperature

With a colour-coded indicator that conveys normal temperature, fever, or high fever tailored to the child’s age, Age Precision® guidance provides clear information for safe temperatures for different ages.

Digital display of safe temperatures and how temperature appears on the ear thermometer

Braun patented pre-warmed tip prevents the area of the reading from cooling, whilst ExacTemp® technology ensures accuracy by confirming the stability of the positioning

Braun ThermoScan® 5 IRT6020

picture of Braun ear thermometer ThermoScanTM 5 IRT 6020

Thanks to its large screen and ergonomic design this thermometer is fast, gentle and easy to use. Featuring Braun patented pre-warmed tip and ExacTemp® technology as well as recalling the last temperature recorded, it makes easy work of keeping track of your family’s health.

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Braun ThermoScan® 3 IRT3030

picture of Braun ThermoScan® 3 Ear thermometer IRT3030

The Braun ThermoScan® 3 IRT3030 is a great in-ear thermometer for the whole family as well as being a cost-effective alternative to a digital stick thermometer for the elderly. With the ability to record an accurate temperature in just one second and with audio fever guidance, which helps to indicate temperature level through beeps, this thermometer is easy and comfortable to use.

Forehead thermometers

How does this type of thermometer work?

Forehead thermometers are a quick and fuss-free way of measuring a child’s temperature. They are a great choice when children are sleeping and are ideal for newborns and young children, who may find in-ear thermometers off-putting.

Parent measuring son’s temperature while he sleeps

Why should I choose it?

Braun No touch + forehead thermometer NTF3000

The Braun No touch + forehead thermometer NTF3000 with clinically proven accuracy offers two modes, touch and no touch, to provide complete flexibility when it comes to measuring temperature. With a proximity sensor, which indicates the correct distance, and a colour-coded display, accurate readings can be achieved with ease.

Additional features include a backlight for nighttime reading and silent mode for sleeping children, so you can monitor their temperature without disturbing their rest.

Picture of No touch + forehead thermometer – NFT3000

Digital stick thermometers

How does this type of thermometer work?

Digital stick thermometers offer flexibility when taking temperatures, as you can use them under the arm, orally, or rectally allowing you to pick the best method that suits both you and your little one. Using a flexible tip, they can measure temperature accurately for ease of mind.

Why should I choose it?

Like some other Braun thermometers, the digital sticks provide the last temperature read, so that you are able to easily measure any changes in your family’s health.

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Braun Digital stick thermometer with Age Precision® PRT2000

picture of Braun Digital stick thermometer with Age Precision® PRT2000

The Braun Digital stick thermometer with Age Precision® PRT2000 is a great option for parents with Braun Age Precision® technology with age-adjustable fever guidance for results you can trust in just eight seconds.

Braun Digital stick thermometer – PRT1000

picture of Braun Digital stick thermometer PRT1000

This little Braun digital stick thermometer PRT1000 is perfect for using on the go, as its handy pocket size allows you to pop it in your bag allowing you to take a temperature recording wherever you are in a fast and easy way. With recordings available in just 10 seconds, this thermometer is also water-resistant, allowing you to easily clean it before using it again.

Whether you’re after a certain type of thermometer, looking to support your baby’s health or searching for a solution for the whole family, Braun’s range provides options to suit a variety of needs providing professional accuracy for peace of mind.

1 Guyton A C, Textbook of Medical Physiology, W.B. Saunders, Philadelphia, 2016, p 919.
2 Guyton A C, Textbook of Medical Physiology, W.B. Saunders, Philadelphia, 2016, p 754-5.
3 Netter H F, Atlas of Human Anatomy, Novartis Medical Education, East Hanover, NJ, 1997, pp 63, 95.