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My GP and the hospital use really speedy one beep ones which they seem to trust but the ear one I've got has never given the same reading twice so is horribly inaccurate. I have an ancient digital under the tongue one that doesn't seem accurate either.
Well, the ear thermometer I have gives different readings when you do repeated readings from the same ear, so I want something more accurate than that. I don't think I'm asking for something totally impossible.
I'm not being awkward - but why do you need it to read the same each time? For example: if I thought DS had a high temp, I'd take his temp once or twice (to check I didn't get a wildly false reading by not using it properly) then would treat as appropriate and probably take again in an hour. I use a braun digital one for that. If I took someone's temp and got a wildly high reading, I'd take it a few times and use that information to influence what I did next.
DD is off school ill this morning. Before ringing the school, I took her temperature. It was 36.2. This didn't seem very high when her head felt pretty hot, so I took it again. It was 38.8, so I took it again-it was 37.5.
I've had that experience recently with that type of ear thermometer too OP. I have found using one of the digital thermometers underarm to be the most accurate way of getting a temperature (but don't forget to add 0.5 on to the result.)
I use the Braun thermoscan - it has been really good. Ds has complex health issues, including difficulties with maintaining a constant temperature, but we have never had any problems with the Braun.
A lot of the 1 star reviews on your link are for things like - no night light,lid pops off, not as good as old model etc. There are a couple which say it varies in accuracy, but I guest they could. Be faulty?!
Just checking - are you pulling the top of the ear up before inserting the probe into the ear canal and making sure it points in the same direction each time? Tympanic thermometers surprisingly tricky to use consistently especially on small children.
I find those little strips you place on the forehead pretty accurate. You have to wait about 30 seconds for a reading but they only cost a few £ and do a good job. I've never found a good ear thermometer and have wasted money on several rubbish ones. My little plastic strip things however, are still doing a good job despite being several years old now.