If you are going to become a parent for the very first time, you are in for an adventure. Becoming a parent and consequentially taking care of a child is going to change your life because you’re not going to be able to revert back to the routine you had before you became a parent? Your priorities and goals will change entirely and you won’t just be thinking about yourself anymore because now you have a life that is entirely dependent on you and the decisions you make.

Another thing you need to be wary of is that babies and children get sick and quite easily. It is your responsibility to have the necessary supplies and to call their doctor for better advice. Every medicine cabinet at home should at least have a thermometer. Now there are different types of thermometers available, so we’re going to do a quick rundown of each to help you make your decision.

• Mercury glass thermometers are the oldest thermometers available and can be used for measuring temperature through the rectum, mouth or armpits. However, the glass is at risk of breaking and mercury leaking out, so it is recommended to avoid this type of thermometer for children.
• Digital thermometers are considered to be an improvement of mercury thermometers since they give quicker, more accurate and clearly visible readings.
• Ear thermometers measure temperature by the eardrum and its surrounding tissue, they also give accurate results.
• Infrared forehead thermometers are considered to be a really good option for babies and younger children since it is not invasive at all. It is placed on the forehead, above the eyebrows and measures the infrared energy that is emitted around the area. Their biggest advantage is that they provide instant childs body temps results, so your child doesn’t get restless.