If hugging, talking and singing a song doesn't work, check to see if the baby needs a diaper change or is hungry; but what do you do if none of these tricks calm your baby? According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, extreme fussiness that doesn't let up, even when the child is being comforted, could be a sign of illness, so you should take the baby's temperature. But as any parent will tell you, that can be easier said than done.
While you often can tell if your child is warmer than usual by feeling the forehead, only a thermometer can tell if he or she has a fever and to what degree. Ordinarily, a rectal reading of 97.9 to 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit, an oral reading of 95.9 to 99.5 degrees Fahrenheit and an ear reading of 96.4 to 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit is considered normal, while higher readings indicate fever. But good luck getting an accurate reading from a baby who is flailing about and screaming. The thermometer must be in place for a minute or longer.
Here's some good news for parents struggling with this dilemma: the Kidz-Med Thermofocus, the world's first non-contact clinical thermometer, is now available in the United States. Introducing the innovative NeverWake Technology, there is no need to touch, startle, upset or wake your child with this thermometer.
All you do to obtain an accurate reading of your child's temperature is hold the thermometer perpendicular to the forehead. The instrument's infrared technology, within in a few hundredths of a second, will carry out a sequence of up to 125 calculations. It will then deliver an accurate reading of the child's temperature on a digital display. In a nutshell, a simple point, press and release produces an instant reading.
Fevers under 101 degrees Fahrenheit generally don't need to be treated unless the child is uncomfortable. To ease the pain, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends you give your baby acetaminophen or ibuprofen. The dosage will depend on the child's age and weight. Check with your doctor for guidance.
According to Dr. Richard G. Lagueruela, director of surgical services at Miami Children's Hospital, the Kidz-Med Thermofocus is "extremely accurate, and children of all ages aren't even aware their temperature is being taken, so there's no need to restrain an infant or child. Obtaining an accurate temperature is trauma free: no earpiece, mouth probe, or rectal entry required. It's safe, accurate and painless. The Thermofocus will revolutionize the health industry and make a difficult part of parenting a delight."
Among the benefits of Thermofocus that Dr. Lagueruela and his colleagues like best:
-You don't need to wake or startle a sick child.
-The infrared technology is completely safe.
-The reading is accurate.
-The method is totally hygienic.
Not only does the Thermofocus take the temperature of the body; it can be used to take the readings of your baby's food, bottle, bath water and even room temperature. All you do is point the thermometer in the direction of the item being tested and you'll get an accurate reading almost immediately.
To learn more about the Kidz-Med Thermofocus, available for purchase online direct from the distributor, visit www.kidzmed.com.