The Kinsa QuickCare and Kinsa Smart Stick thermometers can both take oral, underarm and rectal temperature readings. However, despite these thermometers being very different from each other, they both rely on the same technique for getting good measurements. Please follow the important tips below to follow to make sure you get accurate readings every time.
- Oral Readings
Place the silver tip of the thermometer under the tongue and as far back as you can without it being uncomfortable. It should rest on one of the Heat Pockets (see image below) located on the bottom of the mouth to the right or left side of the base of the tongue. Relax the tongue and close the lips firmly over the thermometer.
Placing the thermometer in one of these heat pocket locations will provide the most accurate temperature readings. Avoid placing it directly under the front of the tongue.
Do not take an oral reading less than 15 minutes after eating, drinking or exercising, and please wait at least 5 minutes between readings.
- Underarm Readings
Make sure that no clothes are in the way, and that there has been no exercise or bathing in the 15 minutes before the reading is taken. Also, please note that underarm readings are typically 1°F lower than oral readings; this is perfectly normal.
The Kinsa app automatically takes underarm readings into account when calculating the severity of the fever, but it does not artificially add that 1°F to the temperature reading.
- Rectal Readings
Please see follow this post for some very useful information on how to take your baby's temperature rectally: How to Take a Baby's Rectal Temperature
NOTE If you're still getting inconsistent readings after following the Important Tips above, try following these steps:
- Check that your phone is compatible with your Kinsa thermometer by visiting KinsaHealth.com/phones
- If you have a Kinsa Smart Stick, make sure that you have the latest version of the Kinsa app, available for free from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.
- Again, if you have the Kinsa Smart Stick, you may want to try recalibrating your Kinsa by following these guides for iPhones and Android smartphones.
Video Guides for Kinsa Smart Stick
How to take an oral reading with the Kinsa Smart Stick
How to take an underarm reading with the Kinsa Smart Stick
Written Guide for Kinsa Smart Stick
- Open the Kinsa app on your smartphone.
- Plug the Kinsa thermometer into your phone. It’s recommended that you use the extension cord that came with the Kinsa as it will likely help return a more accurate reading (and will be more comfortable).
- On the temperature tab, choose your method for taking a temperature (oral, underarm, or rectal).
- Place the thermometer according to your desired reading location (under the base of the tongue, in the bend of the armpit, or with only the silver tip placed in the rectum)