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Braun 4520 Thermoscan Ear Thermometer

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      18.03.2012 16:36
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      Braun Digital Thermometer

      A baby thermometer is one of the essential items that I think you need when you bring a new baby home. They always seem to be running a temperature at some point and usually Calpol will get rid of it but for those times when you need to monitor it and keep a really close eye on it a digital thermometer is essential.

      If you have ever tried to take a baby's temperature you will know it is fairly difficult as they are always squirming. Obviously you cannot put a regular thermometer in their mouth as they will never keep it there and although I haven't tried it before I don't think a thermometer under the armpit is very effective these days at getting a proper accurate reading. That's where this Braun ThermoScan comes in very good use and is very easy to use.

      This thermometer is a digital thermometer and it works by placing it in the ear and taking the reading that way. The thermometer is rather large but easy to hold onto. At the top of the machine is a probe which is the bit you place into the ear. The machine comes with a pack of lens filters and in order to be hygienic and safe you need to use a new filter on every person and reading that you take. The filter is really easy to attach. They come in a little packet and you just open the top and place the probe into one of the filters and then it is safely on the top of the ear probe. The filter is just a plastic cover basically but its great to use especially if you do not want to spread germs from one ear to another.

      Then, once you have the filter on you place the probe into the ear. There is a start button at the top of the machine that is near your finger so its easy to press once the probe is in the ear, you can do it all with one hand which is nice. You press this start button and then wait for a long beep front he machine which will signal the end of the measuring process. You will then see a digital readout on the screen in front of you. I love the fact that you get a digital readout as this means there is no ambiguity and you know exactly what the reading was and do not have to actually read it yourself like you do on a regular thermometer. Once you have finished you just press the push ejector and the filter comes off the end. I always take it off when I am finished and do not store it away with this on as I don't think its very hygienic.

      If for any reason you forget the reading you have just taken, very easy to do if its the middle of the night and you are trying to remember the temperature of a sick screaming child you can just turn the machine on again and the last temperature taken will be stored in the memory.

      The thermometer has a cradle it sits in when you are not using it which is handy as its a convenient place to store it until you need to use it again. If you need to clean the machine you can use a antiseptic wipe and just wipe it over the machine as you are not meant to submerge this in water or anything like that.

      The instruction booklet that comes with this thermometer is very handy and gives lots of good tips. What I also like is that in the front page there is a body temperature scale which shows you what normal body temperature by age and temperature and I think this is a good reference guide so you know what your reading actually means.

      My husband bought this when we had out first baby s we've had it well over 2 years now and it is still working well. I cannot recall the price but I think it was in the £20 region, a bit expensive for just a thermometer but in my opinion an essential product to have in the house.

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      22.11.2011 11:30

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      Recommended thermometer, so easy to use and reliable

      This item in the title is pretty self explanatory; it is a thermometer that takes readings in the ear!

      I chose to buy this one when I had children because I have used Braun before and found it pretty good and reliable. Plus this thermometer had good reviews. I bought it on Amazon for £28.50.

      It really could not be easier to use. Click on the head, turn it on, click the reading button, wait for beep, read temperature, turn off, dispose of head- simple! The reading is taken within seconds and comes up in big, bold digital display so is very easy to read.

      The thermometer comes complete with an instruction guide including temperature ranges depending on age, and also a load of disposable heads. These heads are also really cheap to buy from most chemists or of course the good old internet. It also comes with pre- installed batteries. I have not once had to change the batteries as of yet.

      The thermometer is light to carry, easy to clean with a baby wipe, and has a protective case in which the thermometer easily slots into.

      Highly recommended product.

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      15.12.2010 13:24
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      A vital piece of kit for any parent

      There are many childhood illnesses that a child will experience, many of which a child will naturally heal from and others which need medical intervention. One of the easiest ways to check a child's well being is by their temperature, which can indicate the onset of most childhood illnesses. Young children are not always able to communicate their symptoms when they are feeling unwell, and sometimes they may not display many symptoms, and this could lead the parent to thinking their child may just be having an off day, and may result in the illness suddenly becoming worse.


      Placing your hand on a child's head can give a rough indication of whether a child is experiencing a temperature, however, this cannot give us an accurate reading, and if a child's temperate rises above 40C then they are in danger, so it is vital for parents to have an accurate thermometer that is reliable. If you are able to get an accurate reading of your child's temperature at home then you can treat it effectively without the need of going to the doctors unnecessarily. If your child's temperature is above normal then you can also monitor their behaviour and health to see if any other symptoms arise, and if the symptoms are worrying then you act quickly.


      >> Ears What You Do With It >>

      To switch the thermometer on you simply press the memory button which is located on the front of the unit, prior to this you need to affix a new lens filter over the probe. Once you are ready to take a temperature you insert the probe into the ear, and then press the start button which is situated on the top of the unit. The unit will flash intermittently to confirm that the probe is in the correct position. Once the thermometer has taken the reading it will beep and continuous light will appear. It literally takes seconds. The reading is clearly displayed and recorded so you can go back and check the last eight readings to keep a record. The temperature results can either be displayed in degrees C, or degrees F.


      Along with the thermometer you are also provided with a box of 20 disposable lens filters, and there is one already attached to the thermometer itself. The filter should be changed for each person for hygiene reasons, and to avoid passing on illness. The unit takes two AA batteries, which are supplied and are fitted into the thermometer so it is ready to use immediately. The battery compartment is located in the rear of the handle, the cover flips upwards to replace the batteries.


      The unit is fairly lightweight and it sits comfortably in the hand, the shape of the unit allows you to operate the buttons with one hand, so it makes it incredibly easy to take a temperature, even if the patient isn't entirely willing. The thermometer has a compact outer case that is cleverly designed to mould over the thermometer, it slips over the front of the unit to protect it and keep the probe clean. There is also adequate space in the case for a box of lens filters to fit under the thermometer handle. This makes the unit very practical, safe, and hygienic. You can also use the probe to lift a lens out of the box; however, you will need to ensure that is firmly attached onto the probe, as the thermometer won't take a reading unless the lens is correctly fitted.


      The thermometer features a pre-warmed tip that ensures accurate measurements each and every time, unlike a regular thermometer that features a cool tip which can cool the temperature in the ear. The ear is said to be the most reliable place to get an accurate core body temperature. As everyone's regular temperature is different, you should take your child's temperature whilst they are in good health to establish what their normal temperature is, so you can recognise any alteration in their body temperature. The thermometer is safe to use on the entire family including newborns, as the probe is soft and gentle. It is also safe as you can only insert the tip into the ear due to the cone shape of the probe.


      >> Can I Stick It In Ear? >>

      As a mother of two I find a thermometer an essential item, I also find it is a good piece of equipment that can help parents to recognise if their child needs medical treatment. When my daughter was born fourteen years ago, I used a forehead thermometer strip, as these were inexpensive, however, they were not very accurate at gauging a temperature, and this didn't put my mind at ease. Then when my son came into the world three years ago, I found myself with another forehead strip thermometer that came supplied in a basic first aid kit. Whenever my son is feeling a bit under the weather, it is only natural as a parent to worry, and after looking for any symptoms, I usually check his temperature. After much struggling to get an accurate reading with the forehead strip, I decided it was time to find a replacement. I had no set budget, as I think this is an important piece of equipment, and I wanted something that was accurate and reliable. After looking around I decided on the Braun Thermoscan Ear Thermometer, as this is a popular choice with both parents and doctors, and this helped in my decision to purchase it.


      The thermometer comes boxed with everything included, so it can be used immediately, there is also a booklet supplied within the box which contains details on how to use the thermometer with pictorial step by step instructions, along with an average temperature chart with indicators of what different variations in temperature can mean. I decided to take several readings of my sons temperate over a couple of days to get an idea of his body temperature, and I did the same with myself. My son's temperature is higher than mine as expected, as babies and toddlers generally have a higher body temperature than adults. I also took my partners and daughter's temperature, so now I have the families temperatures recorded I am able to recognise if anyone is running a fever.


      The main reason for needing an accurate thermometer was for my son, as he is not able to understand when he is feeling unwell. He was quite happy for me to take his temperature and was quite intrigue by the beeping. Once he fell ill, I was glad I had a reliable thermometer to take his temperature, and I knew I could trust the readings given. I found it a great help, as I could monitor my son's temperature and I was able to take an accurate reading of my son's temperature, it meant I could treat him accordingly, and take measures to reduce his temperature. The thermometer is so quick and simple to use, that he hardly has time to notice that I have inserted it into his ear, especially whilst he is not his usual hyperactive self. I am also able to successfully take his temperature whilst he is sleeping without disturbing him.


      I always prefer not to use medication on myself, and I also limit the amount of medication that I administer to my children. Personally, I think medication should be reserved for when it is absolutely necessary. I also hate to waste doctors time too, as they are always incredibly busy. So I like to be able to keep a check on my children's health, the Thermoscan Thermometer allows me to do this in the comfort of my own home, and I am able to give medication when, and if necessary.


      My son is now at the fussy toddler stage, and he has recently been unwell, I was quite worried as he was sleeping an awful lot, but displayed no other symptoms, I was reassured that I could assess his temperature and monitor his condition. However, once he started to gain strength he was incredibly fussy when I tried to insert the thermometer into his ear, and any parent knows how difficult it can be when toddlers are not willing to cooperate. I was able to divert his attention for long enough for me to insert the probe, and I was relieved when the beeper sounded. This was a relief for both of us, as no parent wants to cause any more upset to their un-well child. The last memory read is also a useful feature, as whenever my son is poorly, I am left drained, so forms a good reminder for my frazzled brain.


      I have found this thermometer to be invaluable, and I have relied on it quite a few times over the last year. I would strongly recommend this particular thermometer to any parents, as it is such an important piece of kit that provides peace of mind, and is trusty and reliable thermometer that is simple to use, and it is always accurate. The high price is definitely worth it, as it can safeguard your child's well being, which for any parent is worth all the money in the world.


      RRP: £39.99
      2 year manufacturer's guarantee

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        29.10.2010 23:47
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        Worth the money - great purchase

        Before children I didn't realise quite how important and frequently used item of kit a thermometer would be. In anticipation of my new arrival I purchased an underarm/rectal/under tongue cheap mercury filled thermometer.

        Following the birth of my daughter I found that a thermometer is quite often required and found it increasingly difficult trying to hold it under her arm without her moving for a lengthy period of time in order to get an accurate reading. It was only then that I started my research into reviews of thermometers and found that this Braun one came out with excellent reviews.

        It is quite expensive but if you shop around or look for deals you can get it cheaper than the RRP and is definately worth the money.

        With this thermometer temperature is taken in the ear - exactly the same as if you go to the doctors. You place a clear disposble plastic cover on the end of the thermometer to stop spread of infection and place the tip into the ear. You then press a button and hold still for approx 3 seconds. The thermometer will beep when it has taken a reading and the temperature will show on the screen. The thermometer also saves the last reading so you can compare whether the reading is higher or lower than the last one. I find this really reassuring as you can take when a child is ill, give some calpol and take a reading again 20 minutes later and see that the medicine has taken effect.

        The thermometer is easy to store, comes with a pack of disposable covers and the battery seems to last forever. Definately a worthwhile buy.

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        12.09.2010 10:17
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        Highly recommended as peace of mind is worth the price

        After trying to use an under arm thermometer on my little man several times during illnesses I soon came to the conclusion that these were just not accurate enough. Working for a nursery chain I knew that the Braun Ear Thermometer was our favoured brand so I did not hesistate in purchasing one myself, even though it cost me £40 at the time.


        ** The Thermometer **

        The thermometer is crafted in Blue and white plastic feels very well made . The digital screen and the on button are on the underneath of the thermometer and the button to start the scan is on the top with a exact temp light panel.

        The thermometer comes with its own stand and replacement protective covers for the scan end along with a helpful instruction booklet (which also provides information on which temperatures are normal and which are feverish for different age groups).

        ** How To Use **

        The thermometer itself is very easy to use. You turn on the unit, place into the ear then press a button and wait for the beep. Whilst the thermometer is scanning the "exact temp" light on the top flashes and once the scanning is complete the green light stops flashing and remains on and the unit beeps.

        Within a couple of seconds the process is over and the temperature is clearly shown on the panel on the belly of the thermometer.

        When you switch on the thermometer it shows you the last temperature recorded on for easy comparison.

        After purchasing this I have been far more confident in the accuracy of the temperatures I have taken and my young son much prefers a few seconds with this in his ear than having a digital thermometer stuck under his arm for an age.

        ** My Opinion **

        This is an excellent and reliable thermometer and is also used by both my GP and my childs nursery which is a testament to its quality and reliability.

        If you have children and want to be sure just how hot they are when ill I would highly recommend this.

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        17.11.2008 22:05
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        Every parent should have one!

        I knew pretty much as soon as I could think straight after the birth of my son that I wanted to be prepared for any illnesses. Everybody warned me how temperatures can creep up on babies and how difficult it is for them to control their core temperature. I knew I wanted a decent thermometer and did my own research into the different 'tympanic' thermometers available.

        I chose the Braun because it's a name that I trust as it's been around for years;

        It has a memory store of the last ten temperatures taken (very useful when your're stressed and can't quite think straight!)

        It's hygienic as it comes with disposable probe covers that you slot the actual thermometer into and they are very easy to apply. The thing that I liked about needing to use the probe covers is that you simply change the probe cover to use it on multiple people without the risk of cross infection and the spare probe covers are stored in the casing so they are on hand all of the time.

        When you turn the thermometer on it automatically warms the probe so the core temperature of the patient is more accurate as if you were to insert a cold probe into the ear canal it cools it before it has chance to take the reading.

        The temperature is taken by infra red technology so it's gentle to use and can take the temperature in about three seconds. You take the temperature by pressing the button where your thumb naturally lies when the thermometer is in place and it will beep when the temperature has been taken.

        It is ergonomically designed, very easy & comfortable to handle.


        I have found this thermometer to be extremley accurate and of great benefit when my son was ill recently. He has a virus with a fever of 40 degrees, if it had gone much over 40 degrees I would have needed to get him to the hospital pretty quickly due to the risk of convulsions. I was very glad that I was able to take an accurate body temperature as I was able to monitor him very closely.

        I firmly believe that every household should invest in one of these. Although the initial outlay is in the region of £40, you can often find deals on these and I got mine for £30. But cost aside, i'm still so thankful that I ignored my husband and bought it when I did as if I hadn't of had it I wouldn't of had a suitable method of monitoring his core temperature.

        I've seen nurses on hospital wards using these thermometers and there is talk of my Vet Practice buying one in for the wriggly animals who understandibly don't want to hang around for the old fashioned thermometers!

        ~~~~~~~~~~~~UPDATE~~~~~~~~~~~~

        After 11 months of buying it I noticed that it kept throwing out low readings. I changed the batteries but it kept happening. I took it back to Boots where I had bought it from and they exchanged it for another one. Make sure you keep hold of the paperwork etc if you buy one. I'd hate for you to end up chucking it in the bin.

        This hasn't put me off the thermometer by the way, I still fully recommend it and use it frequentley.

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      • Product Details

        No. 1 ear thermometer - used by more GP's and mothers worldwide Unique Thermoscan Feedback system confirms the thermometer is in the correct position and then confirms an accurate temperature reading has been taken by a constant light and a beep - all in matter of seconds Temperature results in degrees C or degrees F Accurate and safe for newborns and the whole family New ultra soft and gentle tip is warmed up for accuracy and extra comfort Memory recalls last 8 temperatures Includes long life lithium batteries, a compact travel case and 21 disposable lens filters for accurate and hygienic readings Clinically tested 2 year manufacturer's guarantee