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***Please note my thermometer is a DigiTemp but it is not the one displayed in the picture, mine is more like the standard digital thermometers.*** I have always been one to put a child’s health and safety first. So when our doctor did is regular visit after our baby was born, he informed us of a vaccine that was going through its final stages before being included in the regular immunisations that a baby has at 8 weeks, 12, and 16 weeks. What they needed was a number of babies to form a study test on to see how the babies were with the injection and any effects other than the usual ones that a baby may get after the regular immunisations. As the vaccine wouldn’t be out until our daughter was over a year old, so there for wouldn’t be given to her we decided to let her be included. That was after a long talk with our doctor and plenty reading up on the vaccine and its purpose. The study is for the Pneumococcal-Meningococcal C Combination vaccine. For a form of pneumonia meningitis that makes up 5% of all meningitis cases and mainly effects babies of 1 year and under and the elderly. Any way included in the study along with our daughter the vaccine combined with her routine immunisations is a diary that has to be completed for 4 days following the injections given and further days if there is a problem noticed. In this diary I have to keep a check on her temperature and to write it down in the diary provided after taking it at bedtime. Answer a series of questions such as: Has your baby been feeding less than usual? Has your baby been sleepier than usual? Has your baby been more irritable than usual? Has your baby been less active than usual? Has your baby cried continually for more than 3 hours? Did you give your baby any paracetamol to treat any symptoms? Did you give your baby any paracetamol to prevent any symptoms? Any reactions where the inj
ection was given had to be checked and for this I was provided with a measuring gauge. For redness, swelling and tenderness for both the right and left leg. To be able take an accurate temperature reading I was provided with a DigiTemp clinical thermometer. The thermometer is very simple to use and is simply controlled using just one button. To use remove from the protection case and press the button, you will then hear a bleep, which tells you that it is ready for use. Simply place the temperature sensor under the armpit or other places on the body your prefer. Leave for a short time usually less that 1 minute until you hear it bleep 8 times in a row, this tells you that it has taken the temperature. You then look at the screen, which is a bit like a LCD display on a watch to read the temperature. Then press the button once again to switch the thermometer off. That temperature is then stored in the thermometer until the next time you use it again, and all you need to do to recall the previous temperature is to press the button and hold down for 3 seconds. With some digital thermometers the temperature is displayed with 3 digits but with this one it is displayed with 4 digits. The temperature range is from 32.00 degrees C to 42.99 degrees C. In that case of a temperature taken that is lower than 32 degrees C then an L will be displayed in the window, or if it is higher than 42.99 degrees C then an H will appear instead. It is powered by a type LR41, 1.5 V battery that will give you approximately 2000 readings but can last up to 3000 readings depending on the length of time it is switched on. When the battery power does become low then a (-) will be displayed to let you know. The thermometer has a built in self-test that checks accuracy. So if the temperature is 37.00 C and it has a 0.1 C variation then the display will show ERR for error. The thermometer it&
#8217;s self is also waterproof so I would guess it would be ideal for checking bath water. Conclusion -------------- I cannot comment on the price or where to acquire one as mine was given to me at my doctors for the study. I can ask next time our daughter has her 3rd set of injection but ones can be brought similar to this one from a chemist. This has given us great piece of mind and I would say an essential addition to any 1st aid box or medical cabinet. Not only has it served its purpose for the study but has on many occasions been handy for the use of ourselves and our other children.