I could never stomach getting a rectal reading, so since both kids were babies, I've had an ear thermometer. The ear thermometer seemed like it should be so simple.
As babies, their ear canal is so small, making readings inaccurate. And, then, if you don't position the probe correctly, you continue to get inaccurate results.
Even though I still whipped out the ear thermometer when I thought they were warm, I basically relied on my mama wrist or lips feeling their foreheads if I thought they had a temperature.
I must say I'm pretty impressed!
Placing the thermometer's probe in the middle of the forehead and taking a 2-second slide over to the hairline is all it takes to use Exergen's TemporalScanner.
And while that seems simple, it does take a bit of coordination and practice to keep the probe in contact with the skin. (Either that, or my kids have bumpy heads)! ;-) Breaking skin contact will give inaccurate readings.
I found it easier to take my children's temperatures if they placed their heads as if lying down.
The thermometer works by "capturing the...heat from skin over the temporal artery, which runs across the forehead and is directly connected to the heart via the carotid artery."
After a little practice, I received consistent 98.4-98.6 readings over and over from me, my husband, and kids. I even tested the thermometer on my wrist, just to see if it was really giving a "real" temperature. Yep, my wrist was a much cooler 97.something.
I hope I don't have to use the Temporal Artery Thermometer very often. I definitely prefer healthy kids, don't you?! ;-)
BUT... knowing I have the simple-to-use-super-fast-results Exergen TemporalScanner in my medicine cabinet, I won't have to rely on my wrist anymore! (The kids will still get my forehead smooches, though)!
Ready to BUY one? The Exergen Temporal Artery Thermometer ($30-$50) can be found nationwide at Walmart, Walgreens, Costco, Babies R Us, Toys R Us, and Sam's Club or through online retailers like Amazon.
The Exergen TemporalScanner would make a fantastic baby shower gift!
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