• This is a great style of thermometer. It can be used to take a temperature either orally, rectally, or axillary (under the armpit).
    • Advantages: Good price, easy to use, and fast. For infants less than 3 months old, this is the absolute best way (rectally) to take a temperature if you think your child has a fever.
    • Disadvantages: If you are using it orally, your child may not be good at holding it under their tongue. If you are using it axillary, the results may not be so accurate.
    • Dr. Oshiro's opinion is that you have to have this for an infant less than three months old if you think your infant has a fever. For an older child it is great (use it orally or axillary). For a younger child/toddler, consider a tympanic thermometer (ear).
    • Dr. Oshiro's opinion: Most people should probably buy something else.
    • This is not recommended if your child is less than 3 months old and you think that they might have fever. You rub this over your child's forehead and you get a temperature reading.
    • Advantages: Does not scare your child.
    • Disadvantages: Expensive, not as easy to use as you might think, inaccurate if not used properly.

Thermometer (Tympanic/Ear) THIS LINK DOES NOT WORK


  • This takes a temperature from the patient's ear canal. This is the consumer version of what we use at Oshiro Pediatrics. Our version is much more durable (and much more expensive).
  • Advantages: VERY FAST, fairly easy to use, does not require much participation from the patient.
  • Disadvantages: Expensive. Do not use if less than three months old and you think your child has a fever.
  • Dr. Oshiro's recommends this thermometer. One tip: Read the directions so you know how to aim it at the ear drum.
  • If you buy it within 24 hours of clicking on the link, we'll get a small percentage. You will not pay anything extra!