As I write this, I have averaged 4.8 hours of sleep per night throughout the last 6 days. I’ve had a lot of time to work that out. The reason for my disturbed sleeping pattern is my Son has had the Flu, with all of the classic symptoms!
It was at 3 am this very morning when I thought ‘I know what has come in very handy during this illness, a digital thermometer‘.
Hence, this post was born! Here I give you details of the best digital ear thermometer. I should know, I have owned enough of them!
Table of Contents
- How Does A Digital Ear Thermometer Work?
- The Best Digital Ear Thermometer – Braun Thermoscan 7
- The Best Cheap Digital Ear Thermometer – Digital Ear Thermometer
- Why Does Your Temperature go Up When You Are Sick?
- 1. Blocking Up Your Airway
- 2. Raising Your Core Temperature
- 3. Swelling
How Does A Digital Ear Thermometer Work?
You stick it in their ear, press the button and it tells you what their temperature is, right? Yes…but if you want to get more technical, read on!
All temperatures above absolute zero emit thermal radiation, we can’t see this.
Digital ear thermometers use thermopile, which is a device that measures the thermal energy and converts it into electrical energy. Ear thermometers read that electrical energy and convert it to a predetermined temperature value, based on the thermal reading.
So it basically uses infrared to measure the thermal radiation and converts is to show the temperature value.
The eardrum temperature has been clinically shown to be an excellent indicator of core body temperature, which is what you are trying to measure here.
The Best Digital Ear Thermometer – Braun Thermoscan 7
- Well known brand
- Very quick measurement
- Holds the last 9 readings
- It must be comfortable – It never wakes my Son up!
- More expensive than other options
- Sometimes, I can’t find it and I have to settle for another.
Top of the charts for the best digital ear thermometer is the Braun Thermoscan 7 and was the 3rd ear thermometer I purchased after I lost the first 2!
Out of the 5 I have owned since becoming a Dad, this is by far the best digital ear thermometer!
Without a doubt.
The temperature readings are very consistent and it is so easy to use. Sometimes, when I take my Sons temperature I immediately forget what I have just read! When you are reading the temperature of a sleeping child, you don’t really want to be doing it twice. Even though it is a very comfortable thermometer, there is still a danger of them waking up. For that reason, I am thankful that it stores the last 9 readings!
It is the most expensive out of the 5 digital ear thermometers I have owned, but it is well worth it.
If I need to take a temperature, I will look around the house for a thermometer. If I find this one first, I stop looking. If I find another one first, I might carry on looking for the Braun.
I hate looking for things so that in itself is probably the biggest endorsement I can give it!
The Best Cheap Digital Ear Thermometer – Digital Ear Thermometer
- Celsius or Fahrenheit
- Holds 12 Readings
- You can measure surface temperatures too
- Must use the forehead function for kids less than 3 months old
I ordered this digital ear thermometer recently, as a replacement for the first 4 that are still lost in a house covered by toys.
After taking the baseline temperature (you need to do this for all new thermometers), I found the reading to be very accurate.
There are some drawbacks with this digital ear thermometer, the first being the inability to use the ear function for kids under 3 years old. It isn’t so much of a problem for me at the moment, but it is worth bearing in mind. You can use the forehead function but I tend to find that reports very slight differences every time, so use with caution.
For the price though, this thermometer is a fantastic option and I will not hesitate to buy another when I lose this one!
Why Does Your Temperature go Up When You Are Sick?
When you have the flu or an infection, it is either caused by a virus or a bacterial infection. In both instances, your body will initiate an attack on the virus. This can make your kid irritable, and argumentative…..like they need a reason!
Let’s take the flu. It is caused by the Flu virus. To combat this virus, your body will react by:
1. Blocking Up Your Airway
It does this to stop other viruses and bacteria from getting into your body. With a blocked nose, your body is protecting itself against a further attack while it deals with the Flu virus.
2. Raising Your Core Temperature
Your body will raise its core temperature in a bid to kill off the virus. This is where you will need to keep an eye on the temperature because if a body gets too hot, it could begin shutting down important organs in your body!
You can treat a high temperature with certain over-the-counter drugs but be wary, a body is trying to kill the virus/bacteria by raising core temperature. If you treat a high temperature to try and bring it down, you are working against the body! Sometimes, the high temperature will need to be treated. If you are unsure what to do, please speak to a professional (Nurse/Doctor).
Your body will increase the size of the infected area, in another attempt to ensure it blocks off any further infections entering the body.
It is very important to take a baseline reading when you first buy a digital ear temperature. Take a few readings when your kid is not ill and make a mental note. When you have your baseline, you will be able to know if the temperature has gone up or down too much.
I have used quite a few digital ear thermometers in my time as a Dad. Mostly because my wife and I are not that great at putting things back where they belong!
Also, when my Son was old enough to pick things up, play with them and when finished, put it in the deepest, darkest part of a room we never go in, never to be seen again.
Time to buy another digital ear thermometer…and this time, we will put it back where it belongs.
Do you use a digital ear thermometer? Have you use the Braun Thermoscan 7 and have had a good or bad experience? Leave a comment below!