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Tommee Tippee Closer To Nature Digital Ear Thermometer.
I never bothered with a digital thermometer when I first had Cam, but after a convulsion and hospital visit I was advised to buy one for his sake and mine. I didn't really know where to start when looking for one and when I did look I noticed the huge difference in prices and such a wide choice of style and brand. Anyway back to the Tommee Tippee Thermometer I purchased from Tesco at £34.99 although it is widely available online/in other stores etc and is cheaper at places like Ebay/Amazon.
It comes really well packaged in a very firm box and well held inside to stop breakages, includes 8 disposable hygiene covers and has the battery included so is usable right away without any messing.
The thermometer itself is quite small but does what it needs. You need to press one button to turn on wait for the bleep then place in the ear and press again. The temperature will show after 1 second and can be displayed in both Fahrenheit or Celsius. If the temperature is high it has a fever alarm which will alert, to be honest I don't really see the need for this as you would read the temperature anyway but its there so worth mentioning. The digital display is quite large and very clear to read/understand, also because the display lights up it makes reading in the dark room at night etc so much easier than turning lights on etc just to pop in and take their temperature. The thermometer will store up to 9 temperature reading, which is useful to check through after re-checking the temperature after medication etc. Can be used from Newborn and the tip of the ear piece is very small so would comfortably fit in a small babies ear.
The battery life is excellent and mine still has the same battery as when I purchased over 15 months ago and with 2 toddlers it had a fair bit of use. The fact the thermometer goes off after 1 minute plays a big part in this I think.
On the down side I have found that sometimes it takes a few goes to get a true reading and the reading differs from one ear to the other. I asked in the GP about this and apparently it is common for each side to read different and to always take the higher temperature into consideration to be on the safe side.
Overall I do think its very worthwhile to have and definitely worth the £34.99, however I wouldn't 100% rely on the thermometer and would seek advice if you where concerned.
I purchased one of these from my local pharmacy about two years ago. It comes with a tube to keep it from getting damaged and a battery already in the thermometer so you can use it straight away. You put it under the arm or under the tongue and after a minatue it beeps letting you know it has taken the childs tempreture and you simply remove it note tempreture and turn off. theonly problem is children can turn the thermometer on as its just a button you press in.Themecury thermometers are not avliable in the shops now only digital ones even hospitals use the digital ones as the mecury ones can crack over time and the mecury can leak in to a childs mouth. You can also by strip thermometers which you place on the forehead although the tempretures on these are not accurate where as the digital ones are as they go in the mouth which is the hottest spots in the body.I would recommend buying one of these to all my friends as they are brillant.