A fever in an adult or child could indicate any number of conditions, such as a cold, flu or infection. If you have a small child, a fever may accompany teething or recent vaccinations. Doctors and pediatricians recommend that you monitor slightly elevated temperatures at home since many fevers will resolve on their own. Many people use digital thermometers since these instruments offer quick, accurate temperature readings. A well-known brand, Vicks digital thermometer, may help you care for a child, family member or your own health needs. To ensure accurate readings, you should know how to use the digital thermometer.
Place a probe cover over the tip of the thermometer, then press the triangular power button next the screen. The thermometer will beep and show a series of numbers as a test, but within approximately five seconds, the letter "L" will appear on the screen to indicate the thermometer is ready to read a temperature.
Place the metal tip end of the thermometer under your child or other family member's tongue, and make sure she sits quietly and keeps her lips together to ensure an accurate reading, states the Vicks Digital Thermometer instructions.
Listen for 10 consecutive beeps that indicates the reading is complete. The temperature will show on the screen.
Press the power button to turn off the thermometer, and then throw away the tip cover.
Clean the person's underarm by wiping gently with a towel.
Press the power button to turn on the thermometer, and you should then place the metal tip against his underarm skin, angling the thermometer lengthwise down his body. When you lower his arm, the thermometer will sit under his upper arm. This will help prevent air from reaching the thermometer and affecting the reading, says the Vicks instructions.
Remove the thermometer after it beeps 10 times to indicate the end of the reading. Remove the thermometer and note the temperature.
Lift the arm and remove the thermometer to note the temperature.
Turn off the unit by pressing the power button.
Cover the thermometer with a probe tip cover, and use a lubricating jelly to cover the entire probe cover. You should have the person rest on her side, or if you are checking an infant, place her on her stomach, resting on your lap, so that her legs hang freely.
Press the power button and insert the tip of the thermometer no more than 1/2 inch into the rectum.
Remove the thermometer after 10 beeps, and read the temperature.
Press the power button, and throw away the tip cover.
Things You'll Need
Thermometer probe tip covers
Avoid giving food or drink to a person 15 minutes before using a thermometer to read his temperature. This will help ensure that you get an accurate reading.
Wash the thermometer before and after each use.
Contact your doctor if you or your family member has a fever that does not lessen within a day or two, or if the ill person complains of pain, discomfort or displays other worrisome symptoms, says MedlinePlus.