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The last thing you want when your little one is unwell is too spend lots of time trying to take his / her temperature. That is why I decided to replace my old basic underarm thermometer with an infrared ear thermometer.
I ordered the thermometer online for £10.20. I know that there are other thermometers that are more expensive but this one had good reviews and it had a good price.
The thermometer comes in a medium size box, a bit bigger than I expected. The design of the thermometer is very elegant and it has a large LCD display for easy reading. The thermometer can be switched to Celsius or Fahrenheit, it has a memory recall so you can monitor the temperature. It has a low power consumption, I have had it for 6 months and although I have used a lot for my children ( I am quite paranoid) I never had to change its batteries.
The thermometer comes with 20 replaceable probe covers. The probe cover should be changed after each use for minimising the risk of infection. Spare probe covers can be purchased online for around £5 for a pack of 40.
I found it a bit difficult at the beginning to take my children's temperature with this thermometer because you have to use the correct technique otherwise the temperature reading will be inaccurate. I had to pull my daughter's ear a little and then insert the thermometer. This was not uncomfortable for my daughter. Once I practiced for a few times I got the idea and the temperature at both ears were similar. It is described very clear in the instructions how to use the thermometer so this should not be a problem.
This thermometer allows to take accurate temperature readings in 1 second. This is very useful when someone is unwell and you want to keep track of the temperature.
I would recommend this thermometer to other people, I do not think that other more expensive thermometers could be more useful than this one.
So I'm a cheap-skate and originally bought one of those stick thermometers that are battery operated and advertised as an "easy-to-use, fast and accurate" device for measuring temperatures. Well, when your brand new baby can't breathe through his nose and is kicking and screaming it is near impossible to keep the stick under his arm...or leg....whichever. If you DO manage to keep said device in the little crevices then you need to keep up the good work for what feels like a decade. It does not give a reading before a minute is up and even then it might not be accurate if you haven't placed the thermometer in the right place.
So three colds later, I decided to buy an digital ear themometer. Again, it is advertised to "provide accurate and rapid temperature readings" but this time it's no lie!
Hurray. You simply take the cap off, turn the device on, place in the ear, press the button and "BEEP" you've got a result. The thermometer is so easy to use and gives a real piece of mind - I have used this on many occasions now - and it isn't just for babies either! It's brilliant for all the family! (Yes I am one of those obsessive people who like to test everyone's temperature. What can I say? I like the gadget, it makes me feel like I'm in Star Trek.)
You can get these fairly cheap on the market. Mine was from Ebay and cost just under a tenner (including postage) which is well worth it.
Before my wife gave birth, she went on a spending spree and insisted we had to have everything..including one of these. Whats wrong with he old style thermometer we have, I asked?
Looking back, thats seems like a stupid question, and im so glad we ended up getting this.
The digital thermometre is great for taking a babies temperature. It is ergomically designed, so its easy to hold, and actaully looks pretty cool too.
Undoubtedly the best thing about this is that it reads the temperature in seconds. All you do is turn it on, wait for the screen to reset itself, then hold it in the babies ear for a second, and the temperature is taken, measuring in tenths too. Being in tenths obviosuly provides greater accuracy, and makes it easier to monitor the baby.
As ypou are able to take a temperature so quickly, it saves aggrivating the baby and having to wait ages for a reading. The ear piece is also hygenic, as you can buy disposable covers for the ears, and the ear piece fits it the ear comfortably.
Its also highly accurate and if you take it several times in succesion, it will pretty much read the same, unlike some other digital thermometers I have witnessed since.
I never really understood the brilliance of digital ear thermometers until I became a mum and saw just how wonderful and efficient they are. Up until recently, I've made do with a normal thermometer that I put under Harry's arm when he's asleep but as he's got older, he doesn't like having it done and as he's has been ill recently with a bad chest infection, I've needed to monitor his temperature. I had a look online and came across this thermometer on Ebay for a bargain price so I had to have it. I ordered it and it turned up mid-illness last week, and it's definitely the best health purchase I've ever made.
When it comes to digital thermometer, most people will think of Braun, which are the ones that doctors use in hospitals. However, I couldn't afford the £40 that Tesco were charging for one and I had to look elsewhere for something. As I said, I had a look on Ebay and there were many choices. This one was on there for £12 delivered, and this seemed like a bargain, especially when I looked at the manufaturer's website and saw they were selling for £15 without VAT. I decided to take a chance, and when it arrived, I was really happy. It was all fully boxed, came with 40 probe covers too and with the battery ready to go.
The thermometer is made by a company called ETI which stands for Electronic Temperature Instruments. After a browse on their website, it's clear they make all sorts of thermometers, from industrial to cooking to medical ones such as this. This particular thermometer is just called a Digital Ear Thermometer, and is in the "Home" section of their website. The thermometer itself is white and turquoise plastic, with a digital display on the inside of the handle, and the measuring probe on top of the thermometer. It has a sturdy base so will stand up in a bathroom cabinet for example, but I keep mine in the box for safe keeping.
Using the thermometer is so easy, even on the most fidgety of babies. You remove the clear plastic lid which sits over the prove to protect it and keep it clean, and simply slide a probe cover down until it clicks on the top of the probe. This ensures that the probe is clean and won't get dirty and therefore affect the measuring part and gives accurate results. Then you need to turn it on with the button just underneath the digital display screen. It will beep twice to tell you it's ready to go, and the screen will be clear, with a C symbol in the top indicating your temperature will be displayed in Celsius. it is possible to change it to Fahrenheit but as I don't use this measurement I haven't had to do so - there are step by step instructions on how to do this in the box.
Once the thermometer is ready, you gently put the probe into the ear of the patient, and press the large grey oval button on the outside of the machine. Then it will go silent and after 1 second will do a beep which means your temperature has been taken correctly. It will then display it on the screen inside, such as 36.5. That is displayed on the screen for a good period of time, and can be recalled by pressing the on button. If you want to redo the measurement, you have to wait for it to beep again to indicate its ready. The machine turns itself off after around 1 minute to preserve battery which is good, as I don't always remember to switch these things off! It is so quick that Harry doesn't fuss over having his temperature taken at all, and often likes to assist putting it in his ear and letting me press the button!
The thermometer is pretty robust and has survived a knock from my worktop to the kitchen floor without problems. My only problem was at first when I received it, and I took my temperature. It told me I was 38.9 degrees, a VERY high temperature, and then it flashed up with ERR2. After reading the instruction leaflet, it turned out that the thermometer hadn't acclimatised itself to our house yet after being in the cold postman's bag, so we had to leave it for 30 minutes then try again. After this time, it worked fine and gave an accurate reading, so make sure you leave it a while before checking and self-diagnosing a dangerous fever! I've had no problems since, and has given me perfect readings each time, without fuss and certainly no problems for Harry either.
If you're looking for a cheap but accurate digital thermometer for yuor home, then I wholeheartedly recommend this ETI digital one. It is an easy way to take a person's temperature, doesn't cause pain or irritation and is done in just 1 minute. I feel confident in checking Harry because of this, and for the price I think it is an excellent piece of technology. As I mentioned the thermometer cost me £12 delivered on Ebay, but is available from the ETI website at www.etiltd.co.uk. You can buy probe covers for £4 for 40 (exc. VAT) also from that site. You do get 40 in the box however, so they should last a while.
Thank you for reading.
The digital ear thermometer provides accurate and rapid temperature readings from the ear over the range of +34 to +42.2°C.