Most parents have heard the Braun Thermoscan mentioned as soon as a conversation about which thermometer is best for kids begins! The thermometer conversation is a big one so today I’m going to focus on the Thermoscan, mostly because certain models of it are definitely the winners in terms of baby thermometers for me, but whats interesting is that there is one model that I just don’t rate. Before I go off on a rant about which models are great or not I’ll just give you a little background…
Feverish illness is very common in young children, with between 20 and 40% of parents reporting such an illness each year. You can check out my temperature advice blog by clicking here but remember that a baby younger than three months with a temperature over 100.4°F/38°C or a baby aged between 3 and 6 months with a fever of over 102.2°F/39°C should be brought straight to a doctor. A normal temperature can range anywhere between 97°F/36.1°C up to 99.4°F/37.4°C and most doctors only consider it a fever if it is over 100.4°F/38°C. Read my full temperature article to learn more.
For children aged up to five years of age it is recommended to take their temperature using an infra red tympanic thermometer (in other words an ear thermometer!) or an electronic axilla thermometer ( an underarm thermometer). Other methods of measuring temperature are not routinely recommended.
Braun Thermoscan ear thermometers fit the recommendation for a suitable means to check your child’s temperature. However through my own personal experience, and through the feedback of the WonderBaba followers, it has become clear to me over the last couple of years that not every model of thermoscan is proving useful in our homes! I was really confused when a few people got in touch with me with negative feedback about their thermoscan thermometers when I was finding my own so reliable and effective – with time I have noticed a pattern which is what I would like to highlight to you today! It’s also worth noting that all models require filters to be used with them -irregular changing can result in inaccurate results – filters are available to purchase here!
The Braun Thermoscan 3
First up is the Thermoscan 3. This is the model that seems to be giving a fantastic product range a bad name! Every time I have received negative feedback about this range it has been the thermoscan 3 model which has been at fault. Feedback includes unreliable readings which at the end of the day means the product is completely worthless… harsh perhaps… but true. Maybe the problem is that it doesn’t have the feature of a pre-warmed tip like the other two models but in any case it gets a thumbs down from me.
This is a really solidly performing product. It is reliable and accurate and has never let me down! There is often a little variation between both ears on all ear thermometers but this is fairly normal and I’d go with the higher reading. There are many reasons a variation may happen, your child may have been lying on one side, there may be a natural variation, the pressure applied during measurement varied, but in general you get a good picture of what is going on with this thermometer and I have never had a complaint about it. This model features pre-warmed tip technology as standard. Braun Thermoscan 5 is on offer here!
Another great performer – this thermometer also uses the pre-warmed technology that the thermoscan 5 features and has an additional feature of colour coding your baby’s temperature to help prompt you to the most appropriate response. Obviously I know parents know whats high and whats not but if advice is needed its explained at the start of this blog – even knowing the guidelines when it is in the middle of the night and your baby has woken crying and your exhausted and worried it can be nice to see the reassurance of the green light or the wake up call of the red! It helps your decision making process and can be useful for that hour of need. I won’t lie, as a Pharmacist I fill the role of tired dazed mum really well in the middle of the night and even I enjoyed the simplicity of the colour coding! Here is the Braun advice on how to act in each eventuality:
‘If there are symptoms, such as unusual irritability, unresponsiveness, weakness, vomiting, diarrhoea, dry skin, unusual thirst, seizure, loss of appetite, or changes in activity, you should contact a doctor regardless of whether the thermometer shows green, yellow, or red.
If temperature readings are in the red range, you should speak with a doctor whether or not there are symptoms. Someone who has an elevated temperature in the yellow range and also feels sick (or appears to be sick), should speak with a doctor to find out whether or not to come into the medical office. You may choose not to consult a physician only if the indicator is green and there are no symptoms.’ The braun thermoscan 7 is available to buy on offer right here – https://www.wonderbaba.ie/product/braun-thermoscan-7
I hope you have found this article helpful and if you have any questions at all please don’t hesitate to contact me by sending a private message to the WonderBaba facebook page or my website contact page or by calling me (Sheena) at Milltown totalhealth Pharmacy in Dublin 6 on 012600262.