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Taking my nine year old CJ’s temperature is a pain in the butt. He doesn’t like having his temperature taken. It’s impossible to take it orally because he just can’t keep it under his tongue correctly for the right amount of time. We have an ear thermometer but he doesn’t like people messing with his ears so it never goes well. Plus, ear thermometers aren’t always accurate in children with small ear canals, which many children with Down Syndrome including CJ have. Then there’s my nails. They always seem to get in the way on the thermometer we have, causing an error. Like I said, a real pain in the butt. Now you know why I was really excited to review an Exergen Temporal Scanner.
From the website – “The creator of the first temporal artery thermometer, the Temporal ScannerTM, the most efficacious, non-invasive thermometer ever created. Exergen holds over 100 U.S. and foreign patents, and is the only manufacturer of retail medical thermometers in the U.S. Presently, 30% of hospitals and pediatricians currently use the Exergen Temporal Scanner, and well over 1 million consumers use one at home. … The Temporal Scanner Thermometer is a totally non-invasive system with advanced infrared technology providing maximum ease of use with quick, consistently accurate measurements. Advanced, patented technology measures temperatures with a gentle stroke across the forehead. The Temporal Scanner Thermometer has been clinically tested for accuracy compared to rectal thermometers and temperature sensors inserted in the heart during course of patient treatment and accepted for use in major hospitals, making it the ideal thermometer for use with newborns, infants, children or adults.”
Let me translate. The Exergen Temporal Scanner is an infrared thermometer that you use on the forehead, over the temporal artery. The temporal artery in your head is connected directly to your heart via the carotid artery. Arterial temperatures are considered more accurate than ones taken by ear or under the arm because it is based on the blood flowing from the heart. It works by taking approximately 1,000 readings per second and then selecting the most accurate. This thermometer makes monitoring a fever easier because it will register body temperature changes more quickly than a regular thermometer.
The thermometer operates on a single 9 volt battery. The thermometer turns itself off after 30 seconds to preserve battery life. Then replace the cap to protect the sensor.There’s a low battery indicator that will tell you when it’s time to replace the battery with a new one.
The Exergen Temporal Scanner is really easy to use. You just remove the cap, place the scanner on the middle of the forehead and slide the scanner across to the hairline while holding the button. When you reach the hairline you release the button and remove the scanner and then read the temperature. It only takes a couple of seconds to read the temperature. The Exergen is perfect for all family members, not just children. Children will love it because it’s completely non-invasive.
This thermometer is awesome. The display is easy to read. It’s so easy to use. I even tested it a number of times on several of us and the results were never widely different, like the times I’ve used our ear thermometer. I had this review scheduled for next week. Two days after it arrived my youngest son CJ was telling us his head hurt. When I went to stroke his forehead he felt like he was on fire. I grabbed the Exergen and a pair of scissors and cut open the package. I put in the battery and turned it on and took his temp. When it read almost 102 habit kicked in and I thought I might have gotten a bad reading so I took it three more times. The temp remained the same. We called the doctor, who had us bring him right in. Ten minutes later we were in the office and their reading was only a tenth of a degree difference (and that could have been the temp changing during that time). I totally love this thermometer and doubt I’ll ever have a need to use that old ear thermometer again.
The Exergen Temporal Scanner retails for about $30.00. There is a $5.00 mail-in-rebate available to print on the Exergen website. It is available to purchase nationwide at retailers including Wal-Mart, Target, Walgreens, Costco, Babies R Us, Toys R Us and Sam’s Club. It is also available at Amazon.com. The thermometer has a three year warranty. The package includes the thermometer, a 9-volt battery, the protective cap, a users manual and a quick-start guide.
Thanks to Exergen, for allowing me to review your terrific product.
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