If you've perused my "Favorites" page with all of my favorite blogs and websites, then you know that I'm a huge fan of the Sears family of pediatricians. They're "naturally-inclined" and not afraid to question the status quo...and they dole out medical advice that I can feel good about taking to heart.
In preparation for this post about the Exergen TemporalScanner, I decided to bring you some basic information about fevers - what is considered a "high fever," when to call the doctor, etc. - courtesy of the Ask Dr. Sears website:
ARE FEVERS DANGEROUS?
No. Many parents have a misconception that fevers are a bad thing and a sign that there is some serious underlying illness. This simply is not true. Fever is a normal and healthy response of the body to an illness. The body's immune system releases chemicals that raise the body temperature. This is part of the normal infection-fighting process.
WHAT TEMPERATURE CONSTITUTES A FEVER?
WHEN NOT TO WORRY
WHEN TO PAGE YOUR DOCTOR
To read the full article (it's a "goodie"), click here.
To take your child's temperature quickly, painlessly, and comfortably, consider investing in an Exergen TemporalScanner. It's a "a totally non-invasive system with advanced infrared technology providing maximum ease of use with quick, consistently accurate measurements." Just swipe the scanner across your little one's forehead (or your own)...and a temperature will appear in seconds (In fact, this method is so gentle that you could probably take your baby's temperature in his/her sleep). I just took mine and the display screen promptly told me that my temp is 98 degrees. I expect that the temperature is correct since the scanner has been proven to be more accurate than ear thermometers by a Harvard Medical School Study.
The scanners retail for between $30-$50 (depending on where you shop) and are available at Walmart, Babies R Us, Costco, and other big box shops.
WIN IT! One winner will receive an Exergen TemporalScanner. To enter, leave a topic-related comment on this post prior to Monday, February 16 at midnight (Don’t forget to follow the rules…all generic comments like “Enter me!,” “Love it,” and “Cool stuff!” will be disqualified.). * Winner must provide a U.S. mailing address.
*UPDATE* The winner is #148 Bess. Congratulations!