MU Extension MU Extension       University of Missouri    ●    Columbia    ●    Kansas City       Rolla     ●    St. Louis

MissouriFamilies.org - Health

 

 

Quick Answers

 

I heard that you shouldn't use glass thermometers anymore. Is that correct? Why?


Over the last 10 years the use of glass thermometers which contain mercury have declined with the advent of inexpensive digital thermometers. There are two reasons why you should discontinue the use of glass thermometers:

 

1) Mercury accumulates in the body causing organ damage. Since there are hidden exposures to mercury throughout one's lifetime (such as eating contaminated fish) it doesn't make sense to potentially expose a child early in life if it can be avoided.

 

2) If the thermometer breaks while you are taking your child's temperature there is a risk of cuts due to broken glass.

 

Larger stores such as Wal-Mart no longer sell glass thermometers. Many hospitals provide a digital thermometer for you when a baby is born or hospitalized. While glass thermometers are usually just $1.00, digital thermometers are only $5.00 - $8.00 and worth the price for protecting your child.
 

 

 

Donna Dixon, former HES Extension Associate, College of Human Environmental Sciences, University of Missouri Extension

 






Can't Find Your Question Here? Try Searching Our Quick Answer Knowledge Base

Last update: Tuesday, November 25, 2008

 

 

 


 
University of Missouri logo links to http://extension.missouri.edu

Site Administrator:
mofamweb@missouri.edu 
Copyright  ADA  Equal Opportunity


MissouriFamilies is produced by the College of Human Environmental Sciences,
Extension Division, University of Missouri-Columbia