Pros: Inexpensive, easy to use
I never could do a rectal temperature on my kids. It just didn't seem humane, making those tiny little babes lay on their tummies, holding them to keep them from rolling until that long awaited beep. I tried it once with my oldest son. Here I was, brand new Mom, my first sick baby. I called the Doctor, but Attila the Nurse ordered me to get a temperature, and then to call back. All I had was a mercury thermometer, sent home from the Maternity Ward. Obedient of my orders, I tried to get my babies temperature, I really did. But he was screaming himself blue, and I was bawling big blue postpartum tears. It was not a good scene. So I did what any Mother would do in that situation.
YES! I confess! I lied! I made up a temperature in my head, and falsely reported it. This tiny little baby, with his tiny little ear ache was being raised by a scheming, lying Mother. The guilt eating away at me, I grabbed the first available appointment, dressed the baby, washed my face, and bought the Digital Fever Thermometer with my babies first prescription of Amoxicillin.
Never again did I attempt a rectal temperature. I liked the price, I liked the underarm feature. I liked that it came with it's own little plastic carry case, and I liked that this thermometer was digital. No shaking, no squinting. With a cuddle and a beep, the process of getting the temperature is accomplished. No muss. No fuss. Best of all, no Vaseline.
Several weeks ago, I purchased the third model of this particular Thermometer. Three thermometers, three kids. All accustomed to axillary temperatures, all adding a degree to the final reading.
I highly recommend these thermometers to new parents, old parents, parents of younger children and parents of older children. Used for temperatures taken Oral, Axillary or Rectal, this thermometer provides accuracy and ease of use.
Thankfully, my kids can now take their own temperatures. Thankfully, the ear aches occur less and less as time marches on. But even as they grow, they still get sick and they still need to take their temperatures.
Thank goodness they don't need to rely on that model I brought home from the maternity ward acquired many years back.