“ Brand: Calpol / Health Aid: Thermometers „
While this is a very good piece of equipment it is virtually impossible to purchase replacement probe covers!!!
When i had my first child i didn't really have much of an idea as to which thermometer was the best to use on my child, I started by using the stick on ones for babies head, i found these to be useful but they never stayed on long enough and irritated my child. I then decided to buy a forehead scanner which seemed to do the trick but never really gave accurate readings, but using mothers intuition i always 'knew' what was too warm etc.
After having my second child i decided to buy this calpol ear thermometer, THE BEST BUY!! My daughter caught stomach flu and thankfully i had a decent thermometer to hand, Fast and very good. It does take a bit to learn how to hold babies ears etc but one you get the hang of it, its fab! Easy to pop on probes and handy case to store it all.
I have read alot over the difference in readings, but that said, its usually the way placed in ear that makes the difference (my husband bless him has never understood this haha) I had at one point thought about a rectal one but decided that that was too intrusive to a baby and only offers 1 or 2 degrees more of an accurate reading than that of an ear one.
For the cheapest, look on ebay, i got mine brand new for £18 including postage..BARGAIN!!!
Soon after my daughter was born I discovered the necessity of having a thermometer in the house. One of the first things to do when a baby seems unwell is to check their temperature. The pharmacist in Boots told me that ear thermometers took the most accurate readings, so as this was the only ear thermometer available in store I bought one. It cost around thirty pounds. A quick check online shows that at the time of writing it retails for £34.99 from Boots and from £24.13 on Amazon, quite a difference.
When I first got mine home I found myself hesitant to put it in my new baby's delicate little ear. I was scared of causing damage to her ear drum. The readings always seemed to be a little lower than I expected and I wondered if his was because I wasn't using it properly. I mentioned this to a worker at my Sure Start centre and she said this was why they recommend forehead thermometers and although I am now more comfortable using mine, with hindsight I think I'd choose a forehead thermometer instead.
It's nicely designed. It comes in a purple plastic storage case with a clear lid through which can be seen the thermometer and ear probe covers slotted in side by side. The instruction booklet slides out from underneath. The thermometer itself is white with two purple buttons and fits snugly in the hand, the probe end tapers away at an angle. There is an 0/1 button next to the LCD display and a 'start' button.
Child Friendly features:
Although suitable for anybody, this thermometer is clearly aimed at parents, as the picture of a baby on the packaging shows, and the fact that in the instructions 'your baby' is referred to frequently. The main differences between this and other ear thermometers not aimed at parents would seem to be the illuminated display or 'night glow', - for taking temperatures while your child sleeps, and the 'fever alert', which is basically a series of ten short beeps to let you know that your child has a high temperature, (and disturb them if they're asleep).
It's possible to look back through the last twelve readings which is useful for giving an idea of how well the temperature is being kept under control. It's also important for parents who may be stressed and forgetful - it's easy to get mixed up when you're worried, so it's good to re-confirm the reading and also to be able to give this information to health workers if necessary.
It takes readings very quickly - one second, important when you have a child who wriggles a lot and/or doesn't actually want to have their temperature taken. You can at least reassure them that it will be very quick.
How to Take a Reading:
Before taking a reading you need to fit a probe cover. You do this by placing a cover over the hole in the storage case and pushing the probe end of the thermometer down into the centre of the probe cover before pulling it out with the cover tightly attached. To then take the reading you press the 0/1 button which will bring up the display and show the last reading taken. This clears after a couple of seconds and the LCD flashes the 'C' or 'F' sign, (It can be set to either Fahrenheit or Celsius), followed by a beep to signal that it's ready for use. You need to gently pull the ear back and insert the probe snugly, then press the start button. It beeps after a second to confirm the measurement has been taken. Remove it and read the temperature then dispose of the probe cover. The instruction leaflet gives full guidance including pictures showing how to hold the ear.
Many people consider ear thermometers to be the most accurate way to take a young child's temperature - my GP is one of them, but there is some dissent about this. Others claim forehead thermometers are more accurate and some medical opinion I've read says oral and/or rectal thermometers are the best. I've read several reviews of this particular thermometer which throw doubt on it's accuracy.
Ear thermometers can be innacurate and give variable readings because of the way they are positioned in the ear canal and readings can also be affected by excess earwax. I have also read that ear thermometers are not recommended for babies under three months of age due to the size of their ear canals, although this is contradicted in the safety instructions with this one. On top of this it seems they are less reliable at higher temperatures.
My own experience has led to me doubting the accuracy of mine. My daughter has recently recovered from a nasty bout of tonsilitis during which her temperature soared. There were some extremely high readings, so I was reading her temperature a lot and there seemed to be too much variation when taking readings one after the other. I also found that my husband obtained different readings to me. There is a certain technique to taking the temperature and the ear needs to be held slightly differently according to the age of the child. I am concerned that I may have been unaware of exactly how high my daughter's temperature was while she was ill. As a result I don't have great confidence in the accuracy of this and am on the lookout for something simpler where there is less room for error.
Ear Probe Covers:
There were twenty ear probe covers supplied in the box when I bought it and I have since replenished the supply with a box of forty which costs around a fiver. Forty may sound like a decent number, but if your child is running a high temperature you need to keep under control, then they can be gone through pretty quickly. If you are an over anxious parent, (as are most new parents in my experience), this could end up costing you a fortune. I wonder how much profit is made on these little covers? It's an expense to factor in when considering what type of thermometer to buy.
Battery: comes supplied with a CR2032 battery which should last for 1000 measurements.
This thermometer has several useful features, particularly the one second reading, the 'night glow' and the reading recall. The instruction leaflet is very clear with helpful diagrams. On the negative side there is the extra expense and inconvenience if you run out of ear probe covers, but more importantly there is room for error which can lead to innacurate readings and also the possibilty of unreliable readings due to other factors.
If you choose to buy an ear thermometer maybe it would be a good idea to take it along with you next time you need to visit a doctor/health worker and check that you're using it correctly, it would save the worry when that temperature check is really important.
There are a lot of thermometers on the market and it's difficult for parents to know what's best. I would say this is probably not one of the best out there, having said that I can't tell you what is. For the reasons stated in this review I'm not really happy with my Calpol ear thermometer and I intend to replace it.
Why this product
A thermometer is an essential in any household with babies and children in my opinion as when their unwell one of the first things you check is their temperature. You then also tend to keep an eye on it in case of horrid things like febrile convulsions.
I bought this thermometer prior to my son being born. I selected a digital ear thermometer as I felt comfortable using ear thermometers having used them at work previously as a nurse. I also felt that these are one of the most accurate ways of quickly taking a temperature.
What the thermometer looks like
The thermometer comes in a clear and purple box which stores the thermometer and the probe cover. The box has a weird hole bit for you to lay the probe cover in and to then push the thermometer probe into it to place the cover over the probe. Underneath the box is a slide out section which contains the instructions for use.
The thermometer itself has a white and purple ergonomically designed handle /body. On one side is the one of button and the LCD display unit. On the other side is the start button. At the top of the main body at 45 degree angle is the probe section this is cone like section.
In use and opinion
Taking a temperature
With an ear thermometer it is important to use them correctly because if you don't you can get an inaccurate reading which is very misleading. So I will give a quick run down on how it should be use.
1) Fitting the probe cover this is needed to ensure a hygienic and accurate reading. You insert the cover onto the storage case hole and push the probe section down firmly this ensures the probe cover is a tight fit across the probe. If you try to push it on by hand rather than using the hole it will often tear. It will also be not as tight across the probe tip and this seems affect the accuracy.
2) Press the on button when the C or F is flashing it is ready to use
3) In Children under one pull the ear back towards the rear of their head and gently insert the probe into the ear canal then press the start button. It will then beep to let you know the temperature has been taken
4) In children over 1 and in adults you pull the ear back and upwards rather than just back then insert the probe press start and wait for the beep.
5) Once removed read the LCD display for your temperature reading and dispose of the probe cover.
I find this very easy to use and the fact that it gives a reading in a second is just great. The setting up of the thermometer actually takes longer than doing the reading. The bit that is important to get right is the ear bit as if it isn't in the ear canal the reading will be wrong. We have found that at times due to either a wriggly baby or not pulling the ear back it can reduce the reading by as much as 1.5 degrees centigrade which is quite a lot when you are thinking about does your child have a temperature or not.
I think the wriggling factor is the hardest area really in using this thermometer. Its ok for use in adults as they are happy to sit still but babies and young children can find it hard to be still enough for you to pull their ear back and insert the probe.
*It gives 10 short beeps when their temperature reads as a fever this a feature that I really quite like you often know before you are even reading the result that you child has a fever. My husband loves this bit has he can never remember at what point a fever starts so if it beeps he knows our son has a temperature and can take appropriate action as needed
*The display lights up so you don't have to turn on the lights at night. This is handy we find if we are trying to keep lights at a minimum in the night so our son does then think it is morning and not want to go back to sleep. The light I find is sufficient for you to read the temperature.
*You can choose between Centigrade and Fahrenheit settings which is handy when grandparents are around. The reason being both sets of grandparents find Centigrade impossible so like to take the temperature of our son when needed in Fahrenheit this facility means we can flit between the two with out much problem.
*You can store up to 12 previous temperatures so you can keep track of any changes. This features is very handy as most parents I know like to keep a track if the temperature is getting better or worse when your child has a fever. This allows you to monitor it careful rather than relying on your memory. I am sure most sleep deprived parents will know that feeling of taking a temperature and then forgetting it after a matter of seconds this stops you having to take it again to be sure!
*The instruction manual is very clear and simple to follow there are plenty of diagrams and pictures to help you use this correctly without any problems. There is also which I love a few helpful hints such as always using the same ear as temperatures can vary slightly between ears. That ear wax can cause a lower reading.
This is a good digital ear thermometer from a well know company
*Temperature taken in one second
*Accurate if used correctly
*Can store up to 12 temperature readings
*Can take in both Centigrade and Fahrenheit
*LCD light to make it easier to use in the dark
*Can give mis-readings if not used correctly for example ear not pulled back due to wriggling
*Probe covers expensive
*High cost item compared to forehead readers
* The wriggle factor in small children can make it hard to use at times
I would recommend this thermometer to parents who want an accurate reading. My advice would be to practice taking the temperature first on your child or baby when they are well so you know what to do when they aren't. This is because it can be a little tricky to get right and you don't want to be messy around when your worried and they are sick.
It is on sale at Boots Amazon and quite a lot of chemists. The price varies between £25-30 it comes with 20 probe covers to get you started. Replacement probe covers for a 40 set box cost around £5. In the first Bounty pack I got there was a voucher for £10 off this which I think brings it down to a more realistic and reasonable cost.
I've tried a number of different thermometers with my baby and I think this is the one we're going to stick with. Originally I didn't want to spend this amount of money so bought a cheap digital underarm thermometer which I couldn't get to work at all. Then I tried forehead strips but I struggled to hold them on a wriggly baby for the correct amount of time and I read that they weren't very accurate. So in the end went for the expensive but reliable ear thermometer having already wasted some money!
Being quite unprepared with this meant that the first time I tried to use it was on a very poorly 12 month old and I didn't have a lot of success, as he screamed his head off and I couldn't get it in his ear properly. I have tried a couple of times since and he has been fine. It has covers that you just press over the end then discard so is quick and hygenic to use, once its in the baby's (or toddler's or daddy's!) ear hole it takes about a second to beep and give you the temperature reading so is really quick and easy to use.
I would definitely recommend parents or parents to be get an ear thermometer and have a go at using it a few times when your baby is well to get yourself and them used to it and so you know what a normal reading is for your baby.
I bought the Calpol Digital Ear Thermometer when I was pregnant with my first child. Calpol is a trusted name and a digital ear thermometer is essential for any parents so I wasn't too concerned that I hadn't carried out much research. Thankfully we didn't need to use the thermometer for a while but when we did we found it extremely easy to use. It is so handy to have the thermometer and disposable covers held together in a plastic carrycase. The thermometer is supplied with 20 which lasted a good while. Extra covers can then be purchased separately. There is also an instruction book cleverly hidden away in the back of the case which is worth a look to familiarise yourself with the workings of the thermometer and which temperatures to look out for. The button to press to take the temperature is located on the back of the thermometer so that when you are holding the thermometer it is very easy to hold in with your thumb. Reassuringly the thermometer beeps when the temperature is outwith the 'safe' limits - although you do have a slight sense of dread in the second it takes to remove the thermometer from the child's ear and look at the screen to see the temperature.
I always take the temperature from each ear just to check that they are the same or very similar to get a more accurate reading. We find that if baby has been lying on one side then that ear will give a higher temperature reading than the other one.
When he was younger our baby would not keep his head still to get his temperature taken but now that he is one year old he loves it! He sits still and gets a little grin on his face as the thermometer touches his ear!
When i had my first son illness was one of the many things out there that terrified me as a mother and as babies cannot regulate their temperatures very well i thought that getting one of the digital ear thermometers was very important.I was originaly going to get one of the braun thermo scan ones as i had only ever seen these ones in the shop.But when i was in boots one day i saw this one advertised.
It was on special offer at the time for £23.99 but the original price was £29.99.The thermometer came with 20 hygenic probe covers which are disposed of after each use. A nice amount to get you started with.
The thermometer comes in a handy storage case which has in instruction booklet in the back compartment so you may never need lose it.The case is ideal for travelling too as it holds everything you need in one place.
The thermometer itself is very good these are some of the features about it.....
It gives 10 short beeps when their temperature reads as a fever - this is very handy and in the instruction booklet it gives you a brief guidline one temperatures.
It gives an accurate reading in just one second-It is very gentle to place in the ear and we have used it before and got a reading without even having to wake my little one.
The display lights up so you don't have to turn on the lights at night- yet again very handy as you can check on your child when sleeping yet not disturb them.
You can choose between Centigrade and Fahrenheit settings - ideal if you only know one way or reading temperature.
You can store up to 12 previous temperatures so you can keep track of any changes- i found this feature very good for when my little ones have had their jabs as that can have an effect on their temperature so you can keep track of any sudden jumps therefore knowing what actions to take.
It comes with 20 hygienic probe covers and a storage case to keep it safe - The covers are great as if you have two children you wouldnt want to pass infection from one to another.
The replacement probe covers are sold also in boots and they are sold in packs of 40 covers for the price of £4.99.
The thermometer is very good, very accurate and price wise very affordable as it does the same function as the other leading brand on the market (braun thermoscan) yet for a much lesser cost.
Firstly, my reason for buying this product.
Very recently, my two year old daughter had a temperature, so we took her to the doctors where they took her temperature with a thermometer that went her in ear. The doctor said if we ever got the chance to buy one we should and that Calpol made them. Later that night my daughter seemed to get worse and started panting like a dog. We telephoned NHS direct who said we should strip her down to a vest and nappy and give her some paracetomol, about two minutes after that there was a gurgling noise, my daughter went limp, eyes glazed over and stopped breathing. Every parents worst nightmare. After we put her on her side she threw up and started breathing again. Thank god. She was then rushed to the local hospital where we were told she had had a siezure due to having a very high temperature. She was kept in over night. After being discharged, my husband stayed with her and I shot off to Boots to buy the Calpol Digital Ear Thermometer.
We then kept a check on her temperature throughout the rest the day. It shot back up to over 40 degrees so we took her back into hospital, where the nurses said it was a good job we had taken her back, if her temperature had gone up much more she would again be in danger of having another seizure. She now seems to be recovering well, running about and causing havoc, never again will I tell her to sit down a be quite.
Now The Product
The thermometer is manufactured by Microlife, Switzerland for Pfizer Consumer Healthcare in Surrey, Calpol is a registered trademark of Pfizer.
The thermometer is 15 cm long with a circumference of about 2.5 cm tapering down to the probe which is about 5mm. It is made from plastic with purple soft rubbery sides. It has an on/off button, start button and a digital window that lights up for night time use. It comes in a purple plastic case and holds the thermometer and probe covers (20 probe covers are supplied with the thermometer at time of purchase). The probe covers are about the size of a pound coin, made of cardboard with a hole in the centre, around the hole are slits and the whole thing is covered with a strong clingfilm like material. The instruction booklet is hidden in a slide out shelf underneath the box. It is however very difficult to read the instuction booklet because it has a piece of plastic on the top with a metal bar running down the middle of the booklet.
The thermometer can be used for babies, children or adults and be set to work in celsius or fahrenheit. It has a fever alert sound and gives an accurate temperature reading in one second. It has a memory of the last 12 readings that you have taken.
How to use the Thermometer.
It is very easy to use. Pull out one of the probe covers and place it on the hole that is in the box. Push the thermometer into the probe cover so the clingfilm stretches over the probe (it reminds me of a condom). Switch the thermometer on, you get one bleep to confirm that the machine is working proberly it then gives you the last reading taken. Place the probe end gently into ear and press the start button. One second after that you get either one double bleep which means the temperature is fine or ten double bleeps which means the temperature is above normal. The measurement shows in the digital illuminated window. It is a good idea to take a reading in both ears as you can sometimes find that you get a different reading in each ear. You then take the highest reading. Obviously you don't get a core temperature as that is only available by an anal reading. When you have finished remove the probe cover and discard.
The thermometer is very accurate, we took ours into the hospital and did a reading at the same time that they took one and this thermometer gave exactly the same reading as the hospital.
The unit costs £29.99 from Mothercare and Boots with a box of 40 probe covers costing £4.99. You may think this is expensive, but how much would you value a childs life. Unfortunately I can't find anywhere in the booklet where it states what guarantee it has, so I presume it has a one year guarantee.
In my opinion.
This is a must have piece of kit for any parent. It is much better than trying to put a thermometer under the arm, more accurate and much safer than placing a thermometer in the mouth.
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Calpol is a trusted name by many families; it is bought to us by the Pfizer Consumer Health Products Company and has been helping children of all ages feel better since 1966. With over 40 years experience, they ensure they listen to the needs of parents and children, to develop a range of products to make it easier for us to treat pains and fevers.
When you first purchase the product, it comes in a cardboard box, open this and discard. Inside is a clear plastic box, with everything you need tidied away inside. Open the hinged lid and laid out on the purple plastic insert is the hand-held thermometer and 20 probe covers.
The thermometer is light-weight and fits snugly in your hand, it is mainly white with a few purple areas. Apart from the Calpol label on the top there is also a purple start button which does two things; starts to take temperature when inserted into the ear and also shows the last 12 readings taken, so you dont have to make note of them elsewhere.
Underneath there is a LCD screen which shows you the readings, memory readings, battery low and whether you are taking the reading in C or F.
Each probe cover is made of paper and stretchy plastic, you need to use a new and undamaged one of these, each time you take a reading for hygiene reasons and to ensure you get an accurate temperature reading.
Underneath the unit is a special compartment especially for the instructions, when you pull them out, you need to unpop the little purple clip to access them, and they can then be stored back in the container when not needed.
The thermometer takes one CR2032 battery (supplied) and can be replaced easily, when the machine indicates. You shouldnt need to do this too often though as it should last at least 1000 readings.
~~~~Features~~~~ (Taken from instruction manual)
~Temperature reading in 1 second A fast and accurate reading means you can take your babys temperature with minimum disturbance
~Accurate and Reliable The Calpol digital ear thermometer has been clinically tested to ensure an accurate , reliable temperature reading when used in accordance with the instructions for use.
~Fever Alert If your baby has a high temperature, 10 short beeps will sound to alert you.
~Illuminated Display (Night Glow) The illuminated display helps to make it easier for you to read your babys temperature without having to disturb them by switching on a light.
~Auto-Display Memory The Calpol digital ear thermometer automatically displays the last reading for 2 seconds when the unit is switched on.
~Multiple Reading Recalls You can recall your babys last 12 readings, helpful to make it easier for you to track changes in their temperature.
~Safe and Hygienic No risk of broken glass. Does not contain mercury. Hygienic disposable probe covers.
~Suitable for all the family The Calpol digital ear thermometer can be used on babies, children and adults.
How to use it
This thermometer is so easy to use; place a new probe cover onto the hole in the case and insert the probe into it, pressing firmly. Press the on/off switch and wait for C or F to flash, insert into ear snugly and press the start button until you hear a beep. The reading has now been taken. Remove the thermometer and read the LCD screen for measured temperature. Remove probe cover and dispose. Turn off thermometer; return it to case ready for next use.
When I purchased this model, there wasnt much else to choose from, Braun made one for £39.99, The Calpol one was £29.99 and offered the same functions, at a cheaper price. Ive used Calpol products for years (on children Ive looked after) and would be happy to use their products. I had always used a small digital thermometer in the past and had to wait ages for the temperature to register, but this machine works really quickly.
Babies and children who develop fevers, need to be treated quickly, especially when their immune systems are not yet developed properly. In finding out their temperature quickly, you can help them, by giving them the medication needed, sooner than you would, if waiting a few minutes for a temperature, on an old mercury or digital one under the arm.
I love the case it comes in, not only because my favourite colour is purple. But because everything you need is all tidied away. I had trouble finding the instructions at first, but once I realised where they were and how they stored, I was impressed, as they can be kept tidy, and clean. Also when you do often need instructions, you have put them somewhere safe but can never find them again! Once you have read the instructions and are used to using the thermometer, you may find that you hardly have to refer to them. As the machine is so easy to operate.
The buttons are easy to press and the probe covers are easy to fix on and take off again. The only negative thing I would say is - the instructions recommend that you slightly pull the ear back before inserting the probe, when you have a small child on your lap, who may be crying in pain/feeling poorly you cant hold them, pull the ear and insert the probe at the same time. Everyone assumes Mums can do anything! But this does take some juggling. If you can, get someone to help you.
Having a nightlight is a good idea, so you can check the temperature whilst your child is sleeping, but Im worried that if they are asleep; you pulling their ear and the possibility of 10 beeps being heard may wake them up. So I tend to avoid doing night temperature checking!
The main thermometer is small, easy to hold in your hand and easy to clean. The tip of the probe must be cleaned properly, following guidance from the instructions. The case it all comes in is fairly lightweight too. I would say that if you were to take it on holiday with you it may take up some valuable luggage space. You may prefer to take a smaller digital one instead.
Thankfully my son hasnt been unwell very often, I am glad I have this in the cupboard when I do need it, and I would happily lend it to someone if required. I used it the other day on my husband who said he had "Man Flu" ok well i'll let him off this time as the machine beeped ten timesand he had a temperature of 37.9c. When I first got it I practised on myself, the tip of the probe was comfortable in the ear. The design of the tip means you cant push it in too far either.
As stated before I bought my thermometer for £29.99, I purchased mine in Boots, so I managed to get points on my advantage card. You could get extra points during special weekends/promotions or online. I have been told you can buy it in Mothercare, but havent seen it elsewhere.
Replacement probe covers can be bought in packs of 40, from places like Boots and Mothercare for about £4.99
Other Products by Calpol
Calpol are well known for their paracetamol and Ibruprofen products, they have a teething gel (calgel) and i've recently seen other products being brought out recently, but haven't looked into what they are.
There is lots of information on the website regarding Calpol products. There is also information about;
~ Immunisation Details
~ Practical Advice
~ Age Related information ~ 0-5 months
~ 6-12 months
~ 1-2 years
~ 3-5 years
~ 6+ years
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Features: 10 short beeps when temperature reads as a fever and gives an accurate reading in just one second. Centigrade and Fahrenheit settings. Includes 20 hygienic probe covers and a storage case to keep it safe.