To avoid an inaccurate measurement, note the following:
• Patients should stay in steady – state room condition for at least 30 minutes.
• Don’t remove the measurement device from the measuring area before hearing the
• Don’t take a measurement while or immediately after nursing a baby.
• Don’t use the forehead thermometer in high humidity environments.
• Patients should not drink, eat, or be physically active before/while taking the measurement.
• Before placing the thermometer sensor onto the measurement area, remove dirt, hair,
• Use an alcohol swab to carefully clean the sensor and wait for 5 minutes before taking a
measurement on another patient.
• Always take the temperature in the same location, since the temperature readings may
vary from different locations
A child’s normal temperature can be as high as 99.9°F or as low as 97.0°F. Re-measure with a standard digital thermometer for confirmation, especially on infants (It is recommended use a digital thermometer rectally on infants and on sleeping infants if there is a question about the measurement. Be sure to note this unit reads 1°F lower than a rectal digital measurement)