Should you treat every fever? Be prepared for child’s next sickness with these Fever Facts Most Parents Don’t Know. This post is sponsored by Braun Thermometers. All mama bear opinions are my own. May contain commissioned links.
Fever Facts Most Parents Don’t Know with Braun Thermometers
Once a mama bear always a mama bear, that’s what I always say. While my head may always be a pediatric nurse, my heart will always be a mom first. Maybe it’s because of the day when a visit to a theme park turned into a nightmare.
No thermometer. No medicine. No warning.
A trip to the hospital and some hard parent life lessons left me scarred with fever phobia. Now anytime my kids spike a fever, I get super anxious and worried. In mama bear mode, I’m constantly hovering with a thermometer, fever medicine, liquids and snuggles. But as much as I thought that I knew about treating my children’s sicknesses, I was actually surprised to learn how much I didn’t know (even as a pediatric nurse).
Do you know all of these fever facts?
5 Fever Facts Most Parents Don’t Know
Myth: The most accurate temperature check is rectally.
Nope. The ear canal is the best site to measure a fever, due to its close proximity to the eardrum, which shares the blood supply of the brain’s temperature control center. In a recent survey, only 12% of moms knew this.
Myth: All fevers should be treated with fever medicine.
Untrue. Most fevers indicate that your child’s immune system is strong and working to heal your child faster. Children are generally safe at temperatures that kill many viruses and bacteria.
Myth: It’s important to wake my children in the middle of the night when they have a fever.
While tracking temperatures at night time is an important part of care giving for your child, so is giving them the rest they need to fight their sickness.
Myth: Fevers can give my child brain damage.
Fevers can be extremely scary (remember my theme park nightmare?), but most fevers are not dangerous or cause brain damage.
Myth: The back of my hand on my child’s forehead is an accurate way to measure for fever.
While you may be able to feel some warmth by using the back of your hand, it’s not the best indicator for fevers. In fact, my mother told me that my forehead was NEVER warm when I had a fever as a child. The best way to accurately take your child’s temperature is with a thermometer you trust to provide professional accuracy, gentle convenience and peace of mind when you need it most.
Fever Fact: Have the Right Thermometer
I don’t take any chances when it comes to my kids’ health. I need a thermometer that’s precise, fast, durable and easy-to-use. That’s why I love using Braun Thermometers with my family.
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Braun ThermoScan® 5 Ear thermometer
Now that we know that the ear canal is the most accurate place to read for a fever, you’d better believe that I want the best when it comes to an ear thermometer. The Braun ThermoScan® 5 is proven more accurate than forehead or rectal measurement, with a super fast reading – even for the fussiest child.
- Fast reading in just seconds
- Positioning system uses a light and a beep to confirm proper positioning
- Large, easy-to-read screen
- Last reading memory recall
- Lens filters for hygiene
- For infants, children and adults
- Includes thermometer, protective case, 21 lens filters, and 2 AA batteries
Braun No touch + forehead thermometer
Technology is amazing. The Braun No touch + forehead thermometer is one of those amazing devices that have you saying “I wish I had this when…” Perfect for getting a quick temperature check in the middle of the night, this thermometer has the capability to literally not disturb your child (even your lightest sleeper) while they’re resting.
The Braun No touch + forehead thermometer is the first thermometer to take professionally accurate temperatures with a gentle touch of the forehead or no touch at all. How accurate is the no touch thermometer reading? Genius, I tell you. Genius.
- Clinically proven precise and accurate readings
- Same professional accuracy touching the forehead or no touch from up to 2 inches away
- Fast two-second reading
- Easy to use – no need to swipe
- Color coded temperature guidance – screen changes from green to yellow to red, depending on temperature reading
- Silent mode for sleeping children (YES!)
- Positioning system guides to the correct distance and location to ensure accuracy
- Safe and hygienic
- For infants, children and adults
- Includes thermometer, protective cap, and 2 AA batteries
Fevers are serious. But I’m seriously ready thanks to Braun Thermometers, now available at your local Walgreens. Save big with this exclusive Braun Thermometer savings offer. Get the fever facts. Have your thermometer ready. And most importantly love on your kids – even as a mama bear.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Braun Thermometers. The opinions and text are all mine.
I love how easy it would be to use one of these thermometers. Looks great!
Trisha Musgrave says
The memory function is what I love most. This would be great when you need to keep track of them, or to tell the Dr.
my fave feature is their no-touch technology in some of their products
I like that it is the #1 brand recommended by pediatricians.
Trisha McKee says
I love that it has a silent mode. So many times my kids are resting and if they are sick, I do not want to wake them up.
Kayla Klontz says
I love the quick reading, it’s always so difficult getting my sons temperature with the oral thermometer!
I like the Positioning system guides to the correct distance and location to ensure accuracy. I have a different forehead thermometer and sometimes wonder if I did it right because I can to it several times in a row and get slightly different readings. This would eliminate errors from user technique
BRYAN E. says
We like the color coded temperature guidance – screen changes from green to yellow to red, depending on temperature reading !
Philip Lawrence says
My favorite feature is that it can be used with infants, children and adults.
Jerry Marquardt says
I like the convenient, accurate, yet very readable screen.
My favorite is the ThermoScan
I love the quick 2 second reading. Great for a squirmy baby
Hi I know this article is from a few years ago but I I just wanted to know if you had any information on the Brain forehead thermometer inaccuracy. I’ve always run pretty high fevers even as a toddler I got febrile. But now as an adult when I have myself measure my temp or someone in my household when I clearly feel I fever it will low to high temps. Most of the time when I’ve been sick right now I’ve had a fever of 104-106.8. When I tell the doctors this they don’t believe me and dismiss it. But the thing is the thermometer always accurately measures my family members when they’re not sick with a fever at around 98 degrees F. With me when I don’t have a fever it usually measures me around 98 degrees as well. When my family gets a fever they have a normal temp of 101. This is the only reason why I don’t understand now the thermometer can give an inaccurate reading if their temp is always showing accurate and mine is as well when I’m not sick. Usually it does go down if I take off all my clothes or take fever relieving medicine. I did go to the hospital recently for it & by the time they came it was a solid 15 mins & I had stripped almost all my clothes off & sat in the coolest room of my house and drank lots of water. I also had taken my fever medication 30-40 mins prior to the ambulance getting there which is maybe why it lowered. Sorry for the rant but I’m currently dealing with a mother high one right now!
I’m so sorry you’re dealing with all of this fever craziness! I haven’t heard of any inaccuracies. I know when we use the thermometer, the angle can vastly affect the reading.
Omg my daughter has the same issue, but when we use other thermometers it shows 100 or 101 and on this one it shows 105 or 106. I am guessing it does detect the fever but not the right degrees so it’s garbage