Back to School = Back to Illness.
As far as I’m concerned, parents should shop for school supplies and, simultaneously, stock the medicine cabinet. Back to school means exposure to a new classroom, new students, new cafeteria and new restrooms. All of these are a hotbed of bacterial and viral activity. To prove my point, here’s an account of our three closest preschool friends since starting Kindergarten just three weeks ago: one friend has had Strep Throat, one has come down with mononucleosis, and one has had a stomach bug. Thankfully, Kindergarten girl and toddler boy have been spared significant illness thus far. Yes, I’m knocking wood as I type.
That does not mean we have not been at the local “quick med” for each child already this school year. On different occasions, Kindergarten girl complained of “tummy trouble” and toddler boy had so much congestion he had difficulty breathing one night. Thankfully, they are both well.
The worst part about having sick children is the worry for their well-being. A close second? Getting an accurate temperature from a sleeping and/or cranky child. Enter the Exergen Temporal Artery Thermometer.
I’ll admit that when my children are sick, I sleep close by and set the alarm to check their temperature each hour. The most difficult part of that is not the sleep deprivation, it is getting an accurate temperature from a sleeping child. They are sick. The last thing you want to do is wake a sick child, so I’ve tried forehead thermometers, underarm thermometers, and there is just no way to get a rectal reading without ruining a peaceful sleep. I’ll admit that many times, I rely on the “kiss the forehead” method. I believe that was Marie Barone’s preferred method and, compared to my previous thermometers, it is more accurate.
Not true with the Exergen TemporalScanner Atery Thermometer. The best-selling thermometer for three years in a row, this remarkably accurate device renders a temperature reading using a scan of the temporal artery or core body temperature that is comparable to a rectal reading. To use the thermometer, simply scan your child’s forehead from the midpoint to the hairline. Completely non-invasive.
As you scan, the thermometer acts like a video camera capturing naturally emitted infrared heat at about 1000 “frames” per second. It locks in the highest temperature it senses and, at the same time, uses patented software to compare this temperature with the ambient temperature of the site to accurately determine and display body temperature.
This next part of my review may seem like a silly thing to mention; however, I’m impressed that the Exergen thermometer uses a 9-volt battery. Last year, I needed my thermometer at 2 a.m. and the battery was dead. After searching three stores in my local area the next day for a replacement with no luck, I bought a new thermometer. With the Exergen, finding a replacement battery is not like searching for a needle in a haystack. That’s huge, to me.
To Buy or Not to Buy
To Buy… The Exergen Temporal Artery Thermometer is a wonderful tool for the cold & flu season toolbox. Getting an accurate temperature in a non-invasive manner is what parents have been clamoring for for a long time. Available for less than $30.00, this thermometer is a bargain. Buy it now and tuck it in the cupboard. You know as well as I do that you will need it at 2 a.m. on a random Tuesday.
Or Not to Buy… Non-invasive. Accurate. Affordable. Can’t think of a reason not to buy.
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