Should You Use Infrared Thermometers On Children?

Should You Use Infrared Thermometers On Children?

With educational institutions reopening all across the nation, children are returning to daycare centers and schools at an increasing rate. This can be one step closer to normalcy for both parents and children alike, albeit with certain precautions in place such as temperature screening.

One myth that has got parents concerned with temperature screening is the use of non-contact infrared thermometers. There have been some false statements regarding its safety when used on children, however, you can be assured that infrared thermometers are completely safe for use on all age groups. We share more with you in this article.

Understanding Infrared Thermometers

Infrared thermometers measure the temperature of a surface by gathering the heat radiating from it, usually a person’s forehead. Infrared light that is projected from the person is gathered by the thermometer, not the other way round. There are numerous benefits of using non-contact infrared thermometers, which is why schools have been so quick to adopt it:

  • Reduce contact between students, therefore lowering the risk of transmissions
  • Get a reading almost instantly, helpful when there is a large group to screen
  • A more hygienic way of screening temperature compared to oral thermometers – younger children may not know the proper way to use one or wash them after use
  • … and many more!

All these reasons make infrared thermometers a great choice for screening children’s temperatures. You may even be using one at home if your child has trouble keeping still long enough for an oral or ear thermometer, or if you have an infant.

Accuracy of Infrared Thermometers

Now that you know for sure infrared thermometers are safe for use on children, you may be wondering how accurate they are. As with any other thermometer, external factors such as the surrounding temperature, direct sunlight and any headgear worn may affect the readings. However, these limitations are easily overcome when you get children to remove their hats or caps and allow them to warm up before taking their temperature once again if the first reading proves to be abnormal.

Get Non-Contact Infrared Thermometers for Temperature Screenings

Whether you are looking for an infrared thermometer for home or school use, you can find what you need when you shop at LOOKEE® Tech. Our Petite Infrared Touchless Forehead Thermometer offers top tier accuracy and can be used in both on both adults and children. Simply point the thermometer to your forehead or that of the person whose temperature you are screening to obtain a reading in just one second. Cutting edge sensors and organized AI algorithms ensure the highest level of precision and eliminates any false readings or inaccuracies. What’s more, it comes with memory space for 35 readings so you can easily monitor progress if you or your child is recovering from an illness. If you have any more questions regarding our infrared thermometers, please feel free to contact us.