C.H. asks from Austin, TX on October 22, 2009
I Need a GOOD Thermometer!
I think I've bought all of them. When expecting my first I bought a $40 temporal scan, and thru the years I've bought a number of cheap ones at the grocery store. I always take my own temp before my kids so as to establish a baseline but I'm still not having luck! One would give me huge differences in my own temp when taken less than a few minutes apart. One just took too long. Under the arm for over 30 seconds is an eternity for a wiggly toddler. The temporal one always showed VERY low temps. Anybody have luck with a particular thermometer? Thanks!
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J.T. answers from College Station on October 23, 2009
I use an ear thermometer and a standard digital thermometer now that my kids are older. With the ear thermometer, I always take their temp at least 3 times. If you do not get the thermometer in the right place it will give you a false reading.
Good, old fashioned under the tongue is still the best. I used that will all 3 of mine when they had the flu last week.
S.O. answers from San Antonio on October 23, 2009
Thermoscan ear thermometer. Have had the same one for 16 years. The replacement caps/ shields are easy to find & very inexpensive. It is not hard to use.
Read the directions (good directions!) and remember that the light has to get to the eardrum, so you are on "that path" as you hold it. Not hard on the kids, even wiggly ones.....little trickier to do on yourself, but not impossible.
You can take their temps when they are sleeping and not even wake them up!!! Use the ear they are not sleeping on, though. Heat from laying on pillow will artificially read high on that ear.
Have found it to be very accurate even at very high temps. Oldest son was very ill 2 years ago. At 10pm hit high fever of 104 on Thermoscan. Because we were not able to bring it down with cool cloths and ibuprofen, we rushed him the kids overnight med clinic and they also got 104 by using 2 methods for temp.
Felt good that Thermoscan was accurate.
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L.B. answers from Odessa on October 23, 2009
I've been through a gazillion thermometers. My husband came home with an Exergen temporal thermometer and it's heaven. I always feel I get an accurate temp. All the others were so sporadic, I just quit using them and went by my own touch. My feel was more accurate than a thermometer. I love the Exergen temporal and wish I'd had it when my 3 1/2 year old was tiny.
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P.M. answers from San Antonio on October 23, 2009
I run a home daycare and have tried all of the following:
Temporal thermometer - also too hard to keep "flat" against the forehead - I kept getting a different reading every time I ran it across my own forehead therefore I don't trust it
Vicks ComfortFlex Digital Thermometer - LOVE IT - fast, consistent, more comfortable for babies, large digital readout, Fever InSight Feature (flashes red if there is a fever) and also will give you the last temp. reading when you first turn it on (comes in handy if you're memory isn't so perfect anymore like mine). Best part: INEXPENSIVE and I use the thermometer covers with mine.
I spent a lot of money on the ear and temporal thermometers. I think I used them once or twice and was so frustrated with them. I would end up always reverting back to a basic thermmomter. I highly recommend the Vicks ComfortFlex.
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S.S. answers from San Antonio on October 23, 2009
I love my Thermoscan in-the-ear thermometer. It is what the doctor's offices use. It is great. Try it!
R.B. answers from College Station on October 23, 2009
Like other posters, I love the Exergen Temporal Scanner. I have found that I have to move it across the forehead very slowly and make sure it stays flat against the skin to get a good reading, and I also always keep the buttom pressed until I take an additional reading behind the ear (which the directions recommend doing only if the person is perspiring). I usually take at least two readings to double-check it, and the results are usually very close if not the same.
N.B. answers from Austin on October 22, 2009
I too have had great luck with the Exergen Temporal Thermometer. They do say that there is a point right behind the ear lobe that you can also take a reading from. I do that since I seem to be functionally challenged in finding the actual temporal vein. But you have to get it right on the spot on that one too, however, I find it much easier (and accurrate) to get a reading in that area using the temporal thermometer.
M.L. answers from Dallas on October 22, 2009
I'm sorry to say I also use the Exergen with good results, but it has to be done a certain way. You have to make sure it scans over the "temporal vein" on the side of the head, near the ear. We usually take 3 readings and use the average.
I have friends who LOVE their ear thermometer, but you can't use it on anyone under 6 months.
K.H. answers from Killeen on October 23, 2009
I say,"Stick it in your ear". No seriously, I have been in health care for 19 years and the most reliable is in your ear. Anyone will tell you their own and that's fine, the best one for you is the one that works for you and your family.
Wish you luck...
PS if it is a baby..they make a "Binky" thermometer, which I fell in love with my kids, after they chewed it up I went to the in your ear type.