When I received an email from Exergen requesting a possible review and giveaway of their Temporal Artery Thermometer, I couldnâ€™t type my response fast enough.Â Not only would I be able to receive an additional thermometer BUT Iâ€™d be able to provide you guys with one as well. In June of 2011, my daughter had her first seizure caused by a spike in a fever (febrile seizure). At that time, I was taking her temperature rectally but soon found that with the anxiety that came from the fear of a rise in temperature, I had to add the anxiety of actually taking her temperature.
We rode in an ambulance after her first seizure.Â At the hospital, I noticed that they were using the professional version of the temporal artery thermometer. As soon as I had a chance, I picked one up myself. The relief and peace of mind that this thermometer has brought into our lives cannot be explained.
It takes a while for the PTSD to go away after youâ€™ve seen your child not only seize but be unconscious for an interminable amount of time (anywhere from 15 to 45 minutes). Having the Exergen thermometer meant that I could check her temperature regularly, even while sleeping. I didnâ€™t have to disturb her, just one (two or three) swipes of her forehead and I knew whether she was good to go or whether we needed to wake her up for some medication. Not that I needed that many but, it helped calm my nerves to constantly check to make sure she was okay. One swipe is all you normal people would need.
Not only is the thermometer non-invasive but itâ€™s extremely accurate. Â It has 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. Who knew?
The best thing? It 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.
On more than one occasion, I have found the frog princess taking her â€œtempechoreâ€.Â She doesnâ€™t remember the discomfort of the rectal thermometer. All she knows now is that with the swipe of her forehead (in conjunction with the touch of mamiâ€™s lips prior to the swipe), we know exactly what her temperature is and can gleam some peace of mind as well as next steps to manage her condition.
I think everyone needs one of these.Â And not just for the kids. The adults get sick too (well, not us mamis). This thing is of great use for all in the household (though I havenâ€™t tried it on the dog. Wonder if it would work on him?).
While it was difficult for me to do, I decided to gift the one that was sent to me for review to my cousin (who just had THE most adorable baby boy eva!). As a mami, I canâ€™t imagine a better gift to receive. Plus, I have a perfectly fabulous Exergen in my first aid kit already. Whether your child suffers from febrile seizures or not, I think this makes the top of the â€œmust haveâ€™sâ€ list for new mamis.
To that end, I want to give one away! Tell me, whatâ€™s the one (or two) things that you think new mamis must have for babies?
Disclosure: I was provided with a product sample to review. Â This testimonial is my own.