You know how I take my kids’ temperature? With my lips. A kiss on the forehead is all I need to tell me if they have a fever or not.
Thermometers have caused a lot of anxiety in this house. Once, when Bug was three months old, the thermometer said Babe had a fever and I had a panic attack. It was a signal that there was something wrong (with me, not her!) I started therapy and her fever went away.
I decided to rely less on thermometers and “treat the child not the fever.” My friend Mama Urbana helped with this.
But sometimes you need a thermometer. Because sometimes fevers are a sign that something is very wrong. (Usually not. But sometimes.) Part of my frustration and anxiety was not trusting the thermometer. We had a few of them, they were always off, inconsistent. One minute she had a fever, then she didn’t!
Thanks to the care pack I recieved from Braun/Vicks, I don’t have to worry about that stuff anymore. (Sounds like a cheesy sales pitch, but it’s 100% true. They hooked me up with four very good, easy to use thermometers. (And they’re going to hook you up too! Read on for contest details.)
Here are my impressions of the four thermometers I now have to use for the times when my lips aren’t sensitive enough.
Though we were all recently sick, we didn’t have fevers but I wanted to test out the thermometers anyway. Babe wouldn’t let me near her ears or her armpit so I didn’t even suggest her bum. I went for the easier, younger target.
I was wearing Bug in a carrier as I tested these out. Then I tested them on myself. He and I had the EXACT same readings as I did even though each thermometer read us slightly differently.
Vicks AgeSmart Family Thermometer The interesting feature on this is (hence the name) that you can choose from three ages/stages. It can take the guess work out of when it’s time to be concerned about your infant’s fever. It also has a colour-coding feature, which isn’t my favourite. The screen displays Green if there’s no fever, Yellow for slightly elevated temperature and Red for a fever. The faster beeping and red flashing light sends me into panic mode, and I don’t really need help getting there in a fever situation, thank you! I totally get, however, why other people like this feature. Green means chill. Red means go. Do something, quick! It can be used orally, rectally or under the arm, can read in C or F, has memory recall and reads in eight seconds.The AgeSmart read Bug and I both at 36.3 under the arm.
(Retail Value $21.99)
Vicks Behind Ear Gentle Touch Thermometer Fast! It takes a second, which is awesome if you have a squirmy kid. Literally a second, whereas the others take about eight (or, have you tried a glass thermometer! What kids sits still for that?). This could be my favourite for that reason alone. This, too, is colour coded. Most thermometers are, I guess. You leasure in the hollow behind the ear, which, the box says, is ideal for accuracy because it’s very close to the carotid artery which brings blood to the brain.
We once had a Life Brand thermometer similar to this, to read from the temple. It was so inaccurate and unreliable that we actually returned it.
The Gentle Touch read us at 36.6 (you can see it’s more accurate than under the arm.)
(Retail Value $69.99)
Braun ThermoScan 5 This is intense! Inside the ear is supposed to be the MOST accurate place to measure (although this has been said about the rectum, too) because it’s so close to the eardrum. The disposable filters make you and your child feel like you’re in the doctor’s office. It also comes with a case–very official looking. The ThermoScan is just as fast the Gentle Touch fast but I find it cumbersome and a little OTT for an at-home gadget. If you always wanted to be a doctor or vet then this is your chance!
It read our temperature as 36.7– the highest of all the readings.
(Retail Value $79.99)
Vicks SpeedRead This is about as basic as it gets, and for that reason, I love it. It reads in 8 seconds (not as awesome as the ThermoScan or GentleTouch). It’s lifetime guarenteed, water resistant and also has the colour coding. I think this thermometer is all any parent really needs. The SpeedRead clocked us as 36.4.(Retail Value $17.99)
If you, too, tend to panic at the first sign of a fever, please read this post from Wellnesss Mama. I read it often
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