Forehead temperature taking could damage children’s eyes. Use the wrist. It works equally as well.

I wrote my son’s school by email suggesting that the forehead temperature taking device should be used on the wrist only, in order to avoid damage to the eyes.

Some of these devices have lasers.

While they didn’t reply to the suggested point about the eyes potentially being damaged, they said in reply by return that the practice of taking the temperature of children was to be discontinued as it was no longer required.

This is the link I sent them.

Extract from article on this topic below.
Given that lasers affect the eyes I am not allowing my children to have any temperature guns pointed at their foreheads. I am asking for the wrist to be used instead and this is being accepted by the school.




3 Responses to “Forehead temperature taking could damage children’s eyes. Use the wrist. It works equally as well.”

  1. danceaway says:

    And the pineal gland?

    I refuse to have it done to me; I take a thermometer with me to the dentist, and refused to return to my hairdresser due to the mask and temperature requirement. Was very fortunate to find a hairdresser who works from home instead and as a bonus, charges half as much!

    • Aldous says:

      Hi danceaway. I do my wife’s hair nowadays after she had a similar experience. She’s been doing mine for donkey’s years anyway. She’s even given me a Yul Brynner a couple of times when friends have dared me to do it. Regards.

  2. Aldous says:

    “Forehead thermometers can potentially disrupt the circadian rhythm and the production of melatonin which isn’t just a sleep hormone but also a potent immune system modulator.”

    “Psychologically it just isn’t right to point anything that resembles a gun to the head.”

    “The UKs National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has given forehead thermometers a ‘Do Not Do Recommendation’ warning:
    Forehead chemical thermometers are unreliable and should not be used by healthcare professionals.”