The Parenting Garden have very generously provided me with a Easemed Digital Infrared Thermometer to review and after thoroughly trying it out with my own family I am very impressed!
Previously I’ve only ever used axillary or oral thermometers – which take a couple of minutes to give a reading and can be a struggle to use with a sleeping or unsettled sick tot, whereas the Easemed Digital Infrared Thermometer is much less invasive and takes little more than a second to get a reading.
The Easemed Digital Infrared Thermometer provides “4 in 1” functions.
As a forehead thermometer it’s quiet, quick and didn’t disturb my sleeping son when I tested it repeatedly on his forehead. It does give off a tiny beep when it’s gotten a temperature reading, but not so loud that it would wake a sleeping baby or child. I found though that different parts of my kids foreheads had different readings, with my son sleeping he’d had his arm across his face when I went in so where he’d had his arm was slightly warmer than the rest of his forehead and for my daughter I’d never noticed before that she has a small patch of fat in the middle of her forehead and the thermometer consistently read slightly cooler in the middle of her forehead compared to towards her temples. The reading closer to her temples was accurate within a tenth of a degree when compared with the reading from her ear. So as a forehead thermometer it may not be as accurate every time however it will give you a very good estimate for occasions where they are asleep or unsettled and it may not be possible to get a reading from their ear.
As an ear thermometer the readings were consistent from one ear to the other only a tenth of a degree difference from one ear to the other and I’m happy to report that everyone in my family are very healthy 36.0 to 36.5! Neither of our children minded having their temperature taken from their ears, especially when it only takes a couple of seconds.
It has a clock which didn’t really excite me but I guess I can see how that might be handy if you don’t have any other time keeper available for tracking the time for giving medication. I always have my phone on hand and a wall clock, so it’s not something I really need myself.
The ambient room thermometer function was fun to play with and it seemed to be accurate and I can also see how it could be useful if you’re following a bedding guide and want to know what temperature your baby’s room is; for example not sure what “TOG” sleeping bag to use.
Overall I think it’s a handy little device, it’s simple and easy to use. It has both Celsius and Fahrenheit settings, it has a good sized screen for easy reading, it has memory recall – so it’ll tell you the previous reading when you turn it on, and it is inexpensive when you compare it to similar thermometers on the market.
The thing I like the most about this product is it gets a reading very fast without any discomfort for the child.
The only drawback is the battery case being easy to open and it contains a coin-sized lithium battery. I’d caution parents if they purchase this thermometer to be aware that lithium batteries can be dangerous, so this thermometer would need to be kept high and out of reach of children.
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