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12Nov 13

Non-contact thermometers for children

Our nearly 3-year-old daughter Hannah caught the flu or something like it a few months ago. She was miserable, and Chris and I as first-time parents were equally miserable, forced to watch our little one feel ill and uncomfortable.

After coming home from the doctor with a prescription for fluids and bed rest, we tried to make her as comfortable as possible, which meant letting her sleep undisturbed. But we also needed to take her temperature to make sure it wasn’t on the rise, so checking her with our ear thermometer wasn’t ideal. What we needed was a non-contact thermometer!

Brother Max Non-Contact Digital Thermometer

Brother Max Non-Contact Digital Thermometer

Measuring forehead temperature

The ear thermometer also wasn’t nice because Hannah’s ears were sore (along with her throat and entire body!). Searching around in a pinch, we found the Brother Max Non-Contact Thermometer, which has got to be one of the cleverest gadgets for parents out there.

By holding and pointing the thermometer three horizontal finger-lengths, or five centimetres, away from her forehead and clicking, the little machine was able to measure her temperature without bothering her or waking her up. In fact, it doesn’t make a beeping noise, so even when she was awake she hardly noticed!

The thermometer, which looks a bit like my electric facial brush or perhaps a video game controller, uses safe infrared technology to measure the heat coming off of the forehead. It’s fairly accurate too, which matters when it’s your child’s health on the line!

It also has a memory feature that stores the last 19 readings, which came in handy for tracking Hannah’s temperature. Chris still wrote the numbers down on paper, though, just in case something went wrong with the thermometer. Sometimes, technology just doesn’t give you the same peace of mind as pen and paper do.

Body and room temperature

After nearly five days, Hannah’s temperature finally fell back to the normal 37.5ºC. Since then, the thermometer has also been useful for Chris and me – last week, I had a bad case of the sniffles, and I used it to check my own temperature. I have to say, it’s much quicker and more comfortable than holding something under your tongue or arm for minutes at a time.

Hannah now loves to play with it because of its colour-coded display, flashing a range of green (normal), yellow (warm), and red (high fever) as well as the number. It also can take readings of non-human subjects, such as the temperature of a room.

Between our baby movement monitor which measures room temperature, and our bath temperature thermometer, we always know how hot or cold we are!

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