Disclosure: I am part of the PTPA Brand Ambassador Program with Philips Avent and I received compensation as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are 100% my own.
This cold & flu season my toddlers have been relatively healthy (except for that on going cold they passed back and forth during September) so our thermometer has been out of the game for about a month, but with Adeline’s shots coming up I need a reliable thermometer to determine if she has a fever.
Way back when I had my first baby shower with my eldest I didn’t think about needing a thermometer – optimistically I thought my baby would never run a fever.
Once my baby girl arrived I realized quickly I needed one so I bought the most available one I could find 4 years ago – one of the flimsy thermometers that goes under their armpits and never give a correct temperature reading.
I remember holding her little arm down against her body so the thermometer could work. As a new mom it was the worst – I not enjoy standing there for a couple of minutes (that felt like hours) making her wail and waiting for the thermometer to work.
And then the bigger question: with all her struggling, did it even give me a correct reading?
After I talked with her pediatrician he suggested an ear thermometer, because once your child becomes more mobile it’s going to become more difficult to get a proper temperature reading. Ear thermometers are quick and easy, and work on babies through to adults.
I love using my Philips Avent Smart Ear Thermometer. It won the PTPA (Parent Tested Parent Approved) Seal of Approval which means it’s been put into the hands of real parents and been tested and reviews.
The thermometer gives me a reading in two seconds and it connects to my uGrow app to record and chart temperatures taken. Tympanic measurements (taking your temperature from inside the ear) is one of the most accurate forms of checking your temperature.
It’s also super simple to use – it’s a one touch button device. The second button on the side will switch your reading from Celsius to Fahrenheit, and vice versa. The LCD screen displays the reading and if the temperature is 38.0°C or higher the light ring will turn red.
For the new parents out there, here is how you take a baby’s temperature:
- Wait 20 minutes after your baby has a bath or has been swaddled or has worn a hat.
- Clean their ears of any ear wax that could interfere with the reading.
- Turn on your Philips Avent Smart Ear Thermometer by pressing the blue “On” button.
- Gently place the thermometer in you child’s ear and press the same blue button to start the reading.
- Wait to hear the double beep, then remove the thermometer, and read your child’s current temperature on the screen.
- To track your baby’s temperature for future doctor visits connect your uGrow app with the Philips Avent Smart Ear Thermometer for a paperless, mobile chart.
Have you ever used an ear thermometer on your child before?
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