I bought the Exergen Temporal Scanner Infrared Thermometer just before my second son , Lochlan, was born. Keegan was 17 months at the time. My pediatrician's office uses a temporal scanner and I liked how non-invasive it was. With Keegan I always did the underarm method or used the pacifier thermometer. But it just seemed like the temporal thermometer was so much quicker. Definitely a plus when dealing with a sick baby or toddler!
I find it super easy to use. I simply swipe the thermometer's lens over my son's forehead. During that time it scans the temperature approximately 1000 times per second! It's capturing the heat emitted from the arterial blood supply and the temperature of the forehead and accurately determines your child's temperature.
We really put the Temporal Scanner to the test when Keegan woke up at 12am with a 101.4 fever a few months ago. Over the next 24 hours spiked to over 104 ...and then finally went down to 98.8.
At first I was using both the Temporal Scanner and my Pacifier Thermometer. There is a difference between what is considered "normal" temperatures for both, which I will explain below. But, I found them to both be giving me accurate readings. But later, as his fever and illness progressed he no longer wanted the pacifier thermometer in his mouth - possibly due to the sore throat. And, since I don't like to do rectal temperatures and I don't trust the underarm ones, the Temporal Scanner was my only option.
My son let me scan across his forehead - I had an accurate reading in seconds. And when I started calling my pediatrician for help, they asked how I was taking his temperature and agreed that I should keep using the Temporal Scanner.
WHAT'S NORMAL: Exergen gives a range of temperatures that would be considered normal for the different common areas to take a temperature.
The normal range for arterial is 97.4 - 100.1 degrees Fahrenheit. Orally, the normal range is 96.6 to 99.5. Rectal is 97. - 100.3. It also provides temperature ranges for oronasal, axillary and esophageal.
WHY I LIKE THIS TEMPORAL THERMOMETER: 1. When your child has a fever, the temporal artery is the first to indicate it through heat.
2. It is less invasive then rectal.
3. Your child doesn't need to be as cooperative, as they do with the oral. My son simply wouldn't put the pacifier thermometer in his mouth. He didn't object to the quick scan.
4. Accurate and quick!
5. Trusted by my pediatrician.
6. It comes with a 1 year manufacturer warranty.
COMPARISONS: 1. Compared to the Pacifier Thermometer: I liked the Paci one when Keegan was small. Sucking comforted him, so it was to get a reading without being invasive. But the Paci one one you have to wait and wait - which seems like forever when you have a sick child and just want to know how hot they are. And, as my toddler proved, he just didn't want the Pacifier Thermometer in his mouth when he wasn't feeling well - probably due to a sore throat. And now that I have the Exergen one, I find it so much easier to just swipe it over Lochlan's head when he is sick.
2. Compared to an underarm reading: I never felt it was accurate. When the nurses would use that method in the hospital, they would hold my babies' arms down so tight and they would cry. I definitely did not do it like that at home... so I always wondered about the accuracy. But I also don't like causing discomfort/pain to sick babies. The Exergen is totally non-invasive.
OVERALL: I paid around $50 for this thermometer and it was worth it. It really proved itself in our household and I think it was a great purchase. I am just thrilled to have an accurate way to tell my toddler and baby's temperature without being invasive. If you are registering for a shower or have a gift card to use, definitely consider this thermometer! It will save you time and give you accuracy when you need it the most.