A reliable thermometer is an essential addition to any first aid kit, helping you to keep an eye on your temperature when you have the flu or other illnesses.
If you’re a parent, you may want to keep a thermometer handy so you can check up on your little ones when they have a fever, which can happen when they have chickenpox, tonsillitis, post-immunisation flu, and other common childhood illnesses.
There is a wide range of different thermometers available, making taking a temperature easier and more accurate than ever.
We stock forehead thermometers, in-ear thermometers, and even contactless thermometers, so you can find the perfect way to monitor a fever or high temperature.
There are lots of different thermometers on the market, so choosing the best one for you can be a little tricky.
We would always recommend digital thermometers, which are really common and very cost-effective.
Standard digital thermometers can be used to take your temperature under your armpit or by placing the tip of the thermometer under your tongue for a minute or two.
Another popular option is the in-ear thermometer, which can be popped into your ear for a quick and easy reading that’s done in just seconds.
We’re also big fans of non-contact thermometers, which detect the heat coming from your skin without needing to touch you.
These contactless thermometers are popular with parents who want to monitor their child’s temperature when they’re asleep without waking them up.
The NHS recommends using a digital thermometer to measure a baby’s temperature.
You should place the thermometer inside your baby’s armpit, keeping their arm pressed to the side of their body for best results.
In older children, you can use an in-ear thermometer, which may be easier and more comfortable, especially if your child is taking a nap.
If your child has a high temperature, the result will read 38 degrees C or higher, and it will usually go back to normal in a few days.
Mercury thermometers are the device that many people still think of when they picture a traditional thermometer.
They’re made up of a glass tube with a line of mercury in the centre that moves up or down to show you your temperature.
Digital thermometers are a more recent invention, but they’re far more accurate and are much quicker to use.
We would always recommend using a digital thermometer over a mercury thermometer when taking someone’s temperature.
Mercury thermometers can be more likely to break, causing a risk of injury from glass splinters or exposure to mercury, which is highly poisonous.
If you have a high temperature or a fever you will measure in at 38 degrees C or higher.
This is the same for both adults and children.