The immune system is at its best when there is a fever
Signs like red cheeks and a hot forehead are usually a clear sign that your little darling has a fever.
Toddlers often suffer from fever, on average up to seven times. A fever is not an illness, but a defensive reaction of the body. For babies, it is an important training to strengthen the immune system.
Measuring body temperature with a clinical thermometer
The easiest and most accurate way to measure body temperature is rectally, i.e. in the anus. If your child is very fidgety, try taking it in the prone or side position.
There are special thermometers for babies. They have a flexible gold tip that is especially kind to the skin. They are also suitable for people with allergies and reduce the risk of injury. Put a little baby cream or Vaseline on the tip of the thermometer to make it easier to insert. The thermometers have a practical one-hand function and measure very quickly.
Temperature measurement for babies: ear thermometers, contactless models and more
If you prefer to measure the temperature in the ear, you can do so with an ear thermometer, which only takes a few seconds to measure. It is specially shaped to prevent it from going too deep into your baby's sensitive ear. Contactless thermometers are also popular. You can use them to easily check the temperature at any time without waking the baby. One model can even be connected to your smartphone. It not only measures the body temperature, but also the temperature of baby food or the room temperature can be measured.
All thermometers have a memory function and measure very quickly and accurately. Rinse the thermometers hot after use. If your child has had diarrhoea, use a disinfectant for cleaning.
A child only has a fever when its body temperature is 38.5°C or above.