Product Type: Omron baby products
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Digital beats mercury!
Omron Flex Temp II Digital Thermometer
Member Name: alnilam
Omron Flex Temp II Digital Thermometer
Advantages: accurate, cheap, nice looking, flexible tip
I hated thermometers when I was little. We had that mercury thermometer and it took ages for it to measure the temperature (I think minimum was 5 minutes) and I remember how extremely cold the thermometer was and how annoyed I was since I had to hold still for that period of time!
Thankfully we now own a digital thermometer and although it is not technologically amongst the most advanced it is still great. And cheap.
I bought it in a pharmacy store, I did not care about the brand, I just wanted it to be digital, reliable and not to expensive. I was suggested this brand and since we already have a blood pressure monitor from this company at home and with which we are satisfied with I went with it.
It looks nice - sterile with its white and blue colour. Tip of this thermometer is flexible - this makes the temperature measuring procedure more relaxed, you don't have to worry that you will break it and I imagine that rectal temperature measuring must be easier too. I measure my temperature under my armpits.
You turn it on (and off) with a press on the button, the numbers will appear on the display, you need to wait a few moments for the thermometer to set itself and you are ready to measure the temperature (wherever suits you - mouth, armpit, rectally - don't forget to clean it after). After the measurement is done the thermometer will beep.
It does take it's time to measure the temperature - up to two minutes but only if you measure the temperature of the armpits - since they can be cooled down due to environment and they first need to "heat up". So if you measure the temperature under the armpits do not pull the thermometer out after the first beep, leave it there for some time, it will might readjust the temperature a few times.
If you measure the temperature in your mouth it will be done in about a minute, about the rectal measurement I gladly can't say but would assume it has the same efficiency as in the mouth.
It has a accuracy of 0.1° which is adequate. It is precise, I always measure my temperature before seeing a doctor and when it's also measured at the doctor's there is not much difference - maximum was 0.3° but this could be due to waiting and my temperature rising.
If you measure the temperature under the armpits a high temperature means a temperature of 37°, if you measure it under tongue it's 37.8° and rectally 37.5°. As an adult I always go for an armpit option but if you have a small baby rectally is the way to go, although probably the least pleasant it is the most precise method of temperature taking.
We have this thermometer for a good year now and the battery still holds (the batteries were included). It also has a safety turn off mechanism if you accidentally forget to switch it off, but it turns off after a long period of time - I think it would be enough if it turned off after a minute or even less. Especially since it has a memory of the last reading so even if it would somehow turn off before you manage to check the temperature you are still able to see it.
If you want digital and at a fair price this one is one to consider. I like it. But would advise you if you have small children to consider the ear thermometers which are done in a second!
Summary: Good thermometer
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