best child thermometer

(8 Posts)
superwormissuperstrong Sat 21-May-16 10:14:13

so after a scary incident when DS had a febrile seizure we need to get a new thermometer and turning to MN for advice...
We used to have an ear thermometer but even before the battery died and rendered it useless because it wasn't a replaceable battery I was never 100% confident it was giving a good reading because as per instructions we never relied on 1 reading and it would give some wild variations...
What kind do you use and any particular brand recommendation? About to have another baby so something that works for all family - newborns and toddlers as well as adults?
thanks

Bluecarrot Sat 21-May-16 10:20:37

Our Drs and local hospital ( kids respiratory ward and a&e at least) use Braun or Tommy teepee (sp?) ear thermometers. They also used underarm ones in hospital but I don't know the brand.
I have a braun ear one and it has replaceable batteries. Vaguely recall instructions saying to leave switched on at room temp a while before actually using, but I haven't. I do let dd help me take my temp first every time though ( otherwise she won't let me do hers. You can't turn the beep off which is annoying, but I've found the temp to be consistent which I suppose is the main thing!

MintyBojingles Sat 21-May-16 11:23:18

Not the boots forehead one. Gives us way off readings.

superwormissuperstrong Sat 21-May-16 18:11:20

thanks - will look at the braun and tommy tippee ear ones...
any other views on the forehead ones - look very easy to use but sceptical as to how well they work and seems to be borne out by minty's comment

nathanlon Sat 01-Oct-16 16:37:30

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Bohemond Sat 01-Oct-16 16:54:04

We have one that does ear, forehead and room. The key thing is to get a backlight on the screen so you can use it at night. I was surprised how few had one.

ODog Sun 02-Oct-16 13:28:41

DD was in hospital with a fever at one week old and we asked dr there what was best. He said the basic underarm digital ones for £5 in the pharmacy. That's essentially what they use in hospital and he believed it to be the most accurate. Our non contact head/ear one didn't pick up DD's fever (I did by touch) so I threw it out and only use the cheap underarm one now.

RaveclawZia13 Sun 02-Oct-16 13:31:27

We have the Braun one that the hospital uses. My partner has cancer and if he has a temp above 38 we have to go straight to hospital and it's been accurate everytime we use it. Just order plenty of lens filters on amazon.

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