What thermometer should I buy for my newborn? Which type is most accurate?
I'm very glad you asked this question, as it is very important for all parents to know that rectal thermometers are recommended as the gold standard in temperature taking for all newborns. This means not only stocking your medicine cabinet with one, but making sure you are comfortable with and committed to using a rectal thermometer if/when you need to take your baby's temperature. Despite the fact that many new and expectant parents cringe at the thought, I can assure you that taking a rectal temperature will be quick, easy, and painless—both for you and your baby. It also provides the most accurate temperature reading. Should you ever suspect that your newborn has a fever (or is acting sick), don't hesitate to take his/her temperature and report it to your pediatrician.