Product Type: Braun baby products
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Reliable and accurate readings every time!
Member Name: bluebell190
Advantages: Quick, reliable and easy to use
Disadvantages: No light for use in the dark
I bought this Braun Thermoscan last year before my son was even born so I had it ready. This is definitely one if the best early purchases I made as I didn't realise just how much I would need it! My son was born weighing just 5 pounds 3 ounces 5 weeks early, and only stayed in hospital a few days. Luckily he was born healthy and allowed to go home once his body temperature had stabled. He was unable to keep his own body temperature up due to him being so early, he was so thin and had no fat on him hardly whatsoever! In the last few weeks on pregnancy is when babies tend to fatten up! When we took him home from the hospital he was only 4 pounds, 14 ounces as he had lost a little bit of weight. His temperature was always dropping and even indoors I had to warm him up by skin to skin contact and then wrap him up warm.
This thermometer became permanently stuck in my hand! I was so worried about his temperature I was constantly checking him with this! You are supposed to use an underarm thermometer with a baby as it is more accurate, but that meant unwrapping him, and then he would get cold again, so this thermometer which I could use by putting it in his ear was the best one for us.
It is green and very small this thermometer, very handy to take out anywhere with me in my bag. It has a clear digital screen which is easy to read, although not in the dark as it does not light up. If using it in the night, I would have to take his temperature and then go out the room to read it, as if I turned a light on it woke him up he was such a light sleeper! This is the only fault I can think of with this thermometer.
To use it, you first press the button on the top which says start on it, and it turns it on. You then place it is the ear, and press the button again and wait until it beeps. This beeping is not too loud, it has never woke my baby whilst using it. It takes 3 seconds, I counted, for the temperature to come up on the screen. It feels comfortable in the ear as I have used it and tested it on myself, and my son never bothers when I put it in his ear, luckily as when he was born I was testing him about every 10 minutes I was so worried! He never flinched, and it fit nicely in his tiny ears.
I have found this thermometer to be very accurate as I have tested his temperature more than once at a time, and always get the same reading, and if it is any different it is only about 0.1 degrees. I still use this on him 9 months later sometimes, and it will come in so handy when he is unwell, to check if he has a temperature.
This comes with a box of 20 disposable lenses which you are to dispose of after every use, however I would have gone through hundreds of boxes of these if I threw them away every time I used it! You place a lens on the tip of the thermometer before you use it. I used one lens for a while, until it started to go a bit crumpled at the end. It is a smooth fit on the thermometer and they slot on really easily, and just pop off. They are clear and so easy to remove and replace. You can buy replacement boxes on Amazon, a box of 200 for £11. You will need these as they do not last forever, they are for hygiene purposes.
This thermometer has a pre warmed tip and is safe to use for newborns and adults. I paid £32 for it last February, and looking on Amazon now it is £52.99. I this this is very expensive and I wouldn't have paid this much myself, however much I love it and how useful it has been to me, I am happy with the price I paid, but I definitely wouldn't pay over £50 for it! I would highly recommend this thermometer if you are looking for one, it has never let me down, and always gives me accurate, reliable readings, after checking it against an underarm thermometer too.
Summary: An excellent thermometer
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