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.
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