A thermometer is one of the things that most parents can’t do without. The number of times that your child is clearly poorly or times when they’re not acting like themselves or just when they’re feeling a bit warm it is nice to have the reassurance from a thermometer that your child is ‘just a bit warm’ or that they’re actually running a temperature or completely feverish – Then you can deal with these situations in the right way.
The traditional style of glass thermometers have long been replaced with digital ones – many of these work in the same way as traditional thermometers where they are placed under the patient’s tongue or under their arm. Neither way is particularly effective. In ear digital thermometers have been around for a while now and until recently I thought they were all the same – a thermometer tests temperature doesn’t it? There surely can’t be much more to it than that can there?
How wrong could I be!
Braun have always been a brand I can trust and recently I was given the opportunity to review one of their expert range in Digital Thermometers. The Thermoscan 5 features a pre warmed tip that helps maintain the temperature in the ear whilst the temperature is being taken – with other thermometers a cool tip can reduce the temperature in the ear meaning that the temperature reading isn’t as accurate. The Braun Thermoscan 5 also confirms that the thermometer tip is in the right position that also helps to give a more accurate reading.
At the moment LP and Little Man are both teething. It feels like they have both been teething forever – LP still has one of her pointy teeth and her back molars to come through and LM got his first tooth a couple of weeks ago. Teething seems to be constant – a cycle of runny noses, rosey cheeks and a temperature. Having had the thermoscan 5 had definitely put my mind at rest when checking both children’s temperatures – it’s so easy to do and instantly lets me know that their temperature is slightly raised and out comes the Calpol – It’s great to know that I would have such a speedy, accurate reading if their temperature was higher and it was something more serious.
To use the digital thermometer you put a filter over the tip – there are 21 in the pack and they’re very cheap to buy replacements – and then put the tip in your child’s ear. When you press a button on the digital thermometer to take the temperature a light flashes if the tip is in the right place, if not you need to move the tip and try again. The light then flashes a few times and beeps when it has a reading. There is also the option to save up to 8 previous temperature readings so that you’ll never forget what your child’s temperature was the last time you checked – great if you’re trying to monitor their temperature over the course of a day or night.
Overall the Braun Thermoscan 5 is amazingly easy to use and gives you an instant, accurate reading. Braun Thermoscan thermometers are the thermometer of choice among doctors and that definitely reinforces their place at the top of the digital thermometer market. I cannot fault this thermometer and it would definitely be my first choice if looking for a digital thermometer in the future.