Disclosure ~ I received this product at a discount in exchange for an honest review
Fall in Minnesota means cold and flu season is right around the corner. This week, I got the dreaded call from daycare that my two-year-old had thrown up on his cot after nap time and had a 101-degree fever. This child, who hadn’t been sick in nine months, finally succumbed to the daycare germs.
I hurried home to pick him up, give him some Tylenol and snuggles, and see how he was feeling. Conveniently enough, earlier in the day I received a package with my Exergen Smart Glow thermometer* to try out.
When I picked up my son and got home, I immediately ripped open the thermometer to check his temperature. I am paranoid of high fevers, so I wanted to see what his temp was before I administered Tylenol. That way I could see how well the Tylenol was able to lower his fever.
I popped in the battery and it was up and running. Easy enough. I did a quick glance over the directions and immediately tried to take his temp. The first few times, it was registering in the 70s. That’s when I realized I needed to remove the cap over the tip. Should have read the directions more closely!
Once I did that, the temp reading (which I collected three times to compare) was 100.5 to 100.8, a few tenths of a degree different from what daycare said, so I knew it was accurate. The thermometer was super easy to slide across his forehead and look at the results. Up until this point, I had been taking his temp rectally. While he didn’t seem to mind, it was quite a hassle. And it involved getting a crazy toddler undressed; not an easy task.
I used the thermometer every 30 minutes over the next few hours to make sure he was doing better. And then I sent it with him to his grandpa and grandma’s house so they could monitor his temp throughout the night (didn’t want to risk him passing any illness to our infant). With the forehead scan feature, they would have been able to check his temp easily had he woken up in the middle of the night. But he didn’t, luckily. He must have needed a good rest to recover.
Honestly, I was pretty hesitant to try the temporal-style thermometers (which is why I didn’t purchase one before now), but now I’m hooked. It was super easy to use and extremely accurate. It will come in so handy for the terrible cold and flu season we’re about to enter.