When I was pregnant with Miss M, my first child, I thought to myself, “Baby on the way… What do I need to buy?” Layettes, onesies, bouncy seats, binkies, bottles, pumps… Brain. Turning. To. Mush. I had NO idea what these things were and no idea where to start. To establish my registry, I enlisted the help of a Jacque, a good friend and coworker (and seasoned mom). She accompanied me to Target and proceeded to point out the things I REALLY needed – justifying why I didn’t want this versus that.
When we got to the section on thermometers, she explained that the ‘ear’ thermometers were tons better than both the oral (which couldn’t be used on an infant) and rectal ones. Ear thermometers had been on the market for a few years and had become the norm for baby registry wish lists. But my friend said they weren’t without flaws. Her biggest problem is that her child always fussed at having the probe put into his ear because you had to tug on the ear a bit to get it to read correctly. If he was sleeping, taking his temperature was a sure-fire way to wake him up.
I remember it so clearly, standing there examining the array of thermometers. She was about to tell me what she recommended when she spotted the Exergen Temporal Scanner. I could see the quandary in her eyes. She had never seen the temporal scanners so she couldn’t give any advice on it. But from reading the package, thought it was probably the best option out there.
Let’s jump ahead since I obviously wouldn’t be doing a review on it if I didn’t own it…
I have to admit that the only problem I have with it is that you have to hold the probe flat against the forehead. My husband had it down pat from the first try, but I guess I just don’t have as steady a hand as him. With practice, it got easier. Actually, Miss M who is currently 5.5 years old is able to take her temperature without any assistance. Would you allow THAT with any other thermometer?
Price: It’s comparable to standard ear thermometers. When I purchased mine, it was around over $50. I’ve seen them as low as $30 these days.
It is extremely quick. As quick as it takes to get from the middle of the forehead to the side (which on a baby is pretty quick!)
It can be used on adults also. Oral thermometers seem to take forever. Plus, I usually JUST had something to drink when I realize I need to take my temp.
It doesn’t require any kind of thermometer ‘cover’ or disinfecting. It doesn’t come in contact with bodily fluids, so you can check one person after another without delays. There is a cap that comes with it to cover the sensor on the end, but that’s really like the lens cap on a camera. Has nothing to do with sterility.
Auto shut off.
This thermometer is great for use on sick babies (of all ages)… and you don’t have to worry about inserting it anywhere.