Everyone knows that during the cold weather, humans are more at risk for getting sick.  This is why the fall and winter months are known as cold and flu season, and the viruses that cause both of these illnesses can get nasty quick.  Through monitoring your symptoms and treating them accordingly, you can help to prevent them from turning into pneumonia or worse.  Children and the elderly and those with compromised immune systems are at the greatest risk for increased illness and this is why medical thermometers can help so much at this time of year.  So, don’t risk it – make sure your home is stocked with a standard or digital thermometer.  When you find your temperature is above 99 degrees, then it is time to get into action and start to address the symptoms.  A temperature of over 102 degrees is a clue to call the doctor and be seen. The best medicine is usually rest, warm fluids and treating the direct symptoms of your illness.  Remember, whenever doubt arises, check with your health practitioner for the course of action to take.

One of the best medical thermometers for children and elderly people is the Temple Touch Thermometer (model # 427 by ADC).  This model is lightweight and easy to use.  It requires 2 AA batteries which are included with the product.  With a large display and loud audible tone when the reading is done, it makes it ideal for the elderly.  However, it is also easy to use and non-evasive which makes it a good choice for children.

ADC (American Diagnostic Company) also makes other fine thermometers like the Adimals 426 Series which has kid-friendly designs such as frog, panda, koala, and bear that are comforting and entertaining for children and make the task of temperature taking a little bit easier.  This thermometer can be used orally, rectally or axillary position ( under-arm).

Ear thermometers are designed for ear placement and can be used for all ages.  Finding the right design of thermometer for your use requires that you pick the one that is easiest for you to use and provides the most comfort for the appropriate age.

Jackson Kern