Rounding out my Health & Safety Expo is another thermometer. Before I hear any grumbles from you guys, I’ve got to add in that thermometers are life saving for us Mommas (and Daddy’s) who value the health of our children. There’s nothing scarier than a child with a dangerously high fever at 2:00am. Am I right?
So, on to my last product in the expo:
Features from the Vicks Website:
-Faster readings; in as fast as eight seconds
-ComfortFlex tip makes temperature taking more comfortable.
-Fever InSight large backlit display changes color to indicate temperature level.
-Oral, rectal, or underarm use
-Memory feature recalls and displays last temperature taken.
-Waterproof for easy, more thorough cleaning
-Automatic shutoff to help extend battery life
-Probe covers and storage case included
-Lifetime warranty under normal use and battery replacement
All these features sound amazing, right?! I agree, but still feel the need to give you my take on this fast reading thermometer.
I found this thermometer to be very easy to use. Ear thermometer’s are my best friends these days and I never thought I would like a traditional oral, rectal, or under the arm thermometer. I’ve always heard these are so hard to use, the temp. isn’t accurate, and it takes forever for the temp to even be read. Who has time for that when there is a screaming, feverish, child awake at the crack of dawn?! I know I don’t, but I was pleasantly surprised. In fact, I can honestly say this thermometer is my favorite thus far to use with my 5 and 6 year old and I’ll tell you why.
The Vicks Fever Insight Comfort Flex Thermometer is the first of it’s kind (well the first I’ve seen or heard of) to SHOW you if your temperature is Ok, Mild, or High. Yes, we can all gauge whether it is by reading the actual temperature, but there is always a doubt in our heads whether or not we should worry. Fever InSight helps you to better understand the meaning of the temperature with the color indicated on the display. Along with the temp the screen will display Green if no fever, Yellow when the temperature is slightly elevated, and Red alert for a fever. Check it out:
Besides, the Fever InSight technology, there are other features that made me just swoon over this thermometer. It really DOES read the temp in 8 seconds or less. I took my temperature and my children’s temperature several times and timed it. We’re all about fast at this house, so that is a big plus for me. In addition, the screen is large enough for me to read in the middle of the night. It lights up, has large numbers, and a large screen! I can’t say how useful this is when I’m struggling to stay awake much less take the temperature of a screaming, cranky, child!
There are some features I didn’t get a chance to try out. For example, it’s waterproof. This is wonderful in case you ever drop it in water or spill on it, but I didn’t want to ACTUALLY do that to test this feature out. I also love that there is a storage case that comes with it. I have about 4 different thermometers, syrups, pills, bandages, and creams in my medicine cabinet. This keeps the thermometer from getting damaged or contaminated. Plus, probe covers come with it so you can use the thermometer over and over again without worrying about cleaning it. It’s also light weight man! I love that’s it’s not big and bulky. It makes it easy to pack when we travel to see Grandparents in Texas. Or I can throw it in my purse on day trips. There is also an auto shut-off feature to save battery life. Oh Vicks! You really DO love us Mom’s don’t you?!
Alright, now that you’ve read my “gushing”, here are a few Momma Improvements I feel compelled to let you guys in on:
-It only comes with 5 probe covers. I’m sure you can purchase them very easily and for a few bucks, but come on! Even the ear thermometers provide more than that! I’d love to see a bigger pack of probe covers to keep from heading to the pharmacy a day or two after buying the thermometer.
-It’s an oral, rectal, & underarm thermometer, which means it’s not very toddler friendly. My toddler doesn’t know how to keep it underneath his tongue. He squirms if I place it under his arm and forget about using it rectally! This is ideal for older children. My 5 & 6 year old did great with it and I’ll probably use it should I get sick.
-It’s loud. Yup. It beeps loudly when the temperature is read which doesn’t help in the middle of the night. With three children, the last thing we, as Mommas, want to do is wake the other children while dealing with a sick child.
-Last Improvement, the memory. It reads the last fever you took, but doesn’t store any more than that. So, if you’re dealing with multiple children sick, and the fever is lasting off and on for days (like when my two kids had Pneumonia), you must keep record on paper. You can’t rely on the thermometer to keep record for you. This is minor though, because I always keep record on the fridge when we’re going through bouts of sickness.
All in all, I really DO love this thermometer! Why do you think I saved it till last?!
I love letting you guys try out the cool products featured here at Momma Findings! That’s why I’ve got FIVE, yes FIVE, thermometer’s up for grabs! Five lucky readers will win a Vicks Fever InSight Comfort Flex Thermometer of your own! All you have to do is head over to the Vicks Website and look at all the other thermometers they have to offer. Come back here and tell me which other you’d like to try or HAVE tried and liked.
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