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When your baby's temperature really matters, this is the thermometer you want

When your baby's temperature really matters, this is the thermometer you want

It's that time of year again when kids have a perpetual runny nose, nagging cough, and scratchy throat. Yep, it's cold and flu season.

Whether your baby is battling influenza, bronchitis, an ear infection, or something else, a top-quality thermometer is a must-have, because as we all know, fevers can be dangerous, and temperatures can change fast. It's important to have the most accurate information possible, so you need a thermometer that's fast, reliable, and user-friendly.

For parents with more than one child in a range of ages, however, it can be tricky to find one thermometer that's right for everyone.

"Wait, is this the rectal thermometer for the baby? Or should I risk sticking this under the preschooler's armpit?" You don't want to find yourself in this situation when it's 2 a.m. and you have a little one awake and not feeling well.

Enter the Braun ThermoScan 7 ear thermometer.

Recently, I had the opportunity to test-drive this product. It couldn't have come at a more fortuitous time, because like clockwork, a few days after it arrived on my doorstep, my 11-month-old daughter started running a fever.

To be completely honest, I didn't read any of the instructions before I used this thermometer for the first time. The good news is, it functions so intuitively that I didn't have to. You simply push the power button and select the age range of your child: 0 to 3 months, 3 to 36 months, or 36+ months. (This is an important distinction because fever in infants under 3 months is more serious.)

Next, point the wide-angle probe into your child's ear, hit the scan button, and voila! In 2 seconds, you have a highly accurate temperature reading, thanks to the thermometer's pre-warmed probe and its ExacTemp technology, which lights up and sounds an audible beep when you've got the tip positioned right.

An additional feature I love about the Braun ThermoScan 7 is that when your child's temperature registers, the screen light is color-coded, based on her age. Green means no fever, yellow means a low-grade fever, and red means a high fever. The display's night-light makes middle-of-the-night temperature checks easier, too.

Another helpful function of the Braun ThermoScan 7 is that it automatically saves up to nine past readings, allowing you to look back at how your child's fever has progressed over the course of a day. It's also handy for recalling exact temperatures to relay to your child's pediatrician.

Thankfully, none of my other kids ended up getting the same viral illness that my 11-month-old daughter had during my test-drive of this thermometer. In the future, though, when inevitably all four of them are sick at the same time, I'll appreciate how versatile the Braun ThermoScan 7 is. I simply swap out the disposable tip, switch the age range with the tap of a button, and I'm ready for the next child.

Tending to sick kids is no fun for anyone. But having a single highly accurate and reliable thermometer for all four of my children definitely gives me some peace of mind. And if something makes getting through cold and flu season a tad more bearable, I'm all in.

This post is sponsored by Kaz Braun.

Opinions expressed by parent contributors are their own.


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