Measuring body temperature is an essential procedure for monitoring a child’s health status during the many illnesses that are contracted in childhood.
The most reliable core temperature is obtained by inserting a thermometer into the rectum (rectal measurement). This measurement is accurate and has a low dispersion in results, but for the infant it is a practice that can be unpleasant, and even risky. In fact, sudden movements of the baby, can lead to injury to the internal mucous membranes. Not to mention the operation would be time-consuming because:
1. It is necessary to disinfect the thermometer properly, washing it with soap and then using alcohol, then washing it again (before and after use);
2. It is necessary to undress the baby, removing the onesie, bodi and diaper;
3. Wait for the baby to be “predisposed” to the measurement, to be calm and cooperative;
4. Wait for the time it takes (about 5 minutes) to take a correct measurement;
5. Manually record the data (which should be done if the infant needs continuous monitoring).
We can from here imagine how complex it is for a parent to perform this practice, all day and every day, until the baby is cured.
There are a variety of solutions to replace the rectal thermometer, but are they really that accurate?
Let’s look at it together:
– The infrared thermometer has the advantage of being able to take temperature without contact with the infant, but it has a margin of error of +/- 2°C;
– The infrared “ear” thermometer (not recommended in children under 6 months), in addition to being invasive as a system, suffers greatly from cleaning the ear and is not suggested in the case of inflammation of the pinna;
– The gallium thermometer, is very reliable, has a margin of error of +0.1 °C / -0.15 °C, but the essential problem is convenience, because it is the same operation as the rectal thermometer;
– The same goes for the digital thermometer, which by performing a temperature estimation, often returns values that are inconsistent with reality.
Our Easy Temp BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) certified medical devices, offer continuous and remote monitoring of body temperature, ensuring:
– Data accuracy, margin of error ± 0.1 °C;
– Convenience, it is applied under the axillary cord, like a patch, and does not cause any discomfort as it is thin and flexible;
– Continuous and remote monitoring, once on the infant’s skin, the measured data arrives directly on the parent’s smartphone, with no need for contact, and the sampling time is customizable as needed;
– Service life of +80 days, but can be turned off and reused as needed.
In addition, a smaller version is available consisting of NFC (Near Field Communication) technology, which, unlike the BLE device, has an unlimited lifespan, as it is activated only by the approach of an NFC reader (every smart phone today has this technology in it), and is applied in the same way. To detect the temperature, in this case, you have to approach with your Smartphone to the height of the device, without undressing the baby, and thus detect the data.
It is of paramount importance to choose devices that go to monitor vital parameters, such as body temperature, which can control or even prevent the pathological state.