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Choose the right thermometers for your family
Running a fever is one of the ways that your body combats infection. Quality thermometers from Sears give you a quick and accurate way to monitor your own health and the health of your family. Disposable plastic probe covers keep germs from spreading when a thermometer is shared. Choose from mercury thermometers, digital thermometers and temperature-sensitive forehead strips to meet your specific needs.
Using a digital thermometer is the fastest way to find out if you have a fever. Medline and Adtemp make simple models that are held under your tongue for a minute or two before displaying body temperature in large digital numbers. Taking your kids' temperatures is easier with ear thermometers such as the MHT-1 Instant Ear Thermometer from Maxxima. To get a reading, all you have to do is gently place the probe in your child's ear and click a button. The infrared sensor detects temperatures in as little as one second. Whether or not you discover a fever will help you decide if it's time to head to a doctor or if the illness can be treated with over-the-counter cold medicine.
If someone in your family is suffering with a fever, your doctor may suggest prescription-strength medication to help combat the illness that's causing it. Handy plastic pill cases marked with the days of the week help remind you when it's time to take another dose. Be sure to continue to keep an eye on fevers over the course of treatment, especially when your kids are sick. Since very young children and babies can't hold standard thermometers under their tongues, companies such as Invacare make electronic thermometers that measure surface heat. You can take baby's temperature any time, even during a nap, simply by holding the device over a spot behind his or her ear. Other thermometers require only a brief touch to the temple, making them quick, safe ways to take anyone's temperature.
Using medication to temporarily lower a fever may make you feel better, but your body still needs rest. This is especially important during cold and flu season when serious illness can strike without warning. Standard pain relief pills like Tylenol and Advil relieve the body aches associated with the flu and make it easier to relax until your fever subsides.
When you feel sick, it's important to know whether or not your temperature is elevated. Monitoring your kids' temperatures is even more crucial, as children may experience more severe effects than adults do from some illnesses. This makes thermometers an essential tool for every home. Head to Sears in store or online to ensure that you'll have the fastest, most accurate model on hand whenever you need it.