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Am I being unreasonable to expect consistent temperature readings from an ear thermometer?

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LoopyLoo5 Fri 01-Jul-11 12:10:13

I have just bought an ear thermometer which suggests,as a new user, you take 3 readings consecutively to get a correct temperature reading.I got readings that varied by 4 degrees even though I used the exact same technique! wtf?! my son went from a high temperature to normal in 1minute. Am I doing it wrong or are ear thermometers a waste of money?! How am I supposed to know if it's accurate or not?! confused

WhenCanISleep Fri 01-Jul-11 12:14:36

Arghhh!! This has happened to me with two expensive ear thermometers...last time DD was ill it said her temp was 34.6, later I took her to GP to be told her temp was 38. tbh I suspect that they just don't work hmm. Now rely on the how hot does child feel and how grumpy/grouchy/sleepy are they - not exactly science, but guess it's what people did in the past!

Seeline Fri 01-Jul-11 12:15:18

I agree - the range is astounding. Often taking a temp in a different ear, seconds later will also give a huge divergence. It is difficult to work out what the actual temp is! I much prefer the old mercury under the tongue method but it's probably illegal now grin

greencolorpack Fri 01-Jul-11 12:17:10

AIBU to think this is not an AIBU thread??? It could go in Health or the newly created and much talked about ear-thermometer discussion board.

Only joking.

Isn't this the thread topic for proper arguments? Just saying.

Tuppenyrice Fri 01-Jul-11 12:20:00

Took the baby to the Docs t'other day she told me they don't use in ear thermometers anymore only armpit ones due to inaccuracies

LoopyLoo5 Fri 01-Jul-11 12:32:27

Thanks everyone. Back to the armpit thermometers and hand on head methods it is then smile

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