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Exergen Smart Glow TemporalScanner Thermometer Review

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As a mom, there is nothing I dread more than fevers in my children. While fevers are the body's way of fighting off infections, they can sometimes get very high and can cause even the spunkiest of children to be bed-ridden. One year ago, I was in the ER with my then 3 1/2 year old son and he was fighting a fever that was over 105. I have never seen him so sick. He ended up having Influenza A and after several doses of TamiFlu, he was feeling much better. However, that entire day when he had the fever, he was lethargic, burning up and I was fighting him to get fluids down into him. Part of caring for a child with a fever is being able to properly take their temperature. Unfortunately, with littler ones, the only way to get an accurate reading is by taking a rectal temp. Uggh. That is horrible for them. However, when my son was in the Children's Hospital, they used a Temporal Thermometer and I remember thinking to myself how great of an idea that was!
The most popular temporal thermometer on the market today has to be the Exergen Temporal Thermometer. Who would have thought that a simple swipe across the forehead would give you an accurate temp reading? So cool. Now, the Exergen Temporal Thermometer is even better because it has a Smart Glow feature that allows you to read the thermometer in the dark. This makes it so much more convenient! Here is a bit more about this thermometer...

Nearly two billion temperatures are taken each year with the TemporalScanner™. It is used in thousands of hospitals, clinics and pediatricians' offices across the country, as well as in millions of homes. In addition to being the #1 preference of pediatricians in the United States, it is the #1 preference of nurses, and the #1 selling retail thermometer.

The TemporalScanner™ Thermometer is tested six times for accuracy during manufacture at Exergen's plant in Watertown, Massachusetts and comes with a one-year warranty. It runs on one 9-volt battery (included), and meets and exceeds all regulatory requirements, including FDA, ASTM, EC, and UL.

Created by Harvard-research scientist Dr. Francesco Pompei, the TemporalScanner™ has become one of the most efficient, non-invasive thermometer ever created. The Exergen TemporalScanner's performance is supported by more than 50 peer-reviewed published studies covering all ages from preterm infants to geriatrics and all care areas from hospitals to homes.

I have always wanted a thermometer like this one and was very excited when I was contacted about reviewing one with the Smart Glow option.
So, for this review I was sent the Exergen Smart Glow TemporalScanner Thermometer. This thermometer is battery operated and is really light-weight.
Like I said before, rectal temperatures is usually what I have to do with my younger ones. I HATE this method but since it has been the most accurate, it is what I use. This thermometer makes temperature taking a much more pleasant experience and one that can be done while the child (or adult) is sleeping. I love that. There are four ways in which this thermometer makes it easy to take a temperature...

  • A softly illuminated display for easy reading in any light – perfect for checking the temperature of a sleeping infant in a darkened room
  • Beeping sound indicating scanning can be turned off or on to avoid waking a sleeping child
  • Automatically retains the last eight temperature readings for instant recall to check on fever progression
  • Ability to switch between Fahrenheit and Celsius modes

The probe comes with a protective cap that can be easily removed and replaced, and you don't have to replace the probe itself between uses. I was surprised at how easy this thermometer was to use. I have tried it several times and it took a bit of practice, but once I figured it out, it was a breeze! Here is how it works...
There is no on/off button, you just press the large SCAN button on the thermometer. You place the probe directly onto the center of the forehead and then, press and hold the SCAN button. While holding the button in, lightly slide the thermometer from the center of the forehead over to the side of the head to the hairline. It is important to keep the sensor in contact with the skin the entire time. While you are scanning, you will hear beeping and a red light will glow--all of these things are normal. Once you reach the hairline, you can release the SCAN button and remove the probe from the skin. Then, you can see what the reading is! That is how easy it is to use.
The features that I personally love about this thermometer are:
-An easy to read, light up display. You have no idea how frustrating it is to try and take a rectal temperature on a sick child, in the middle of the night.
-Easy to use. Getting an accurate temperature simply by sliding the thermometer across the forehead is SO nice!
-Easy to use on ME! I have a hard time taking my own temperature and for the first time in a LONG time, I finally was able to easily take my own temperature. It is also easy for my husband to use, which is helpful.
This wonderful Exergen Smart Glow TemporalScanner Thermometer is sold in major retailers including Wal-Mart, Target, Walgreens, Rite Aid, Costco, Babies “R” Us, Toys “R” Us, Kroger and BJ’s,  and the Smart Glow thermometer’s suggested retail price is $49.99. You can also view some videos of moms trying out this thermometer by visiting Exergen's website here. Please be sure you visit Exergen on Facebook to see what news, announcements and fun stuff they are talking about now! :) I would definitely recommend this thermometer to any parent or caregiver. It works amazingly and truly, makes taking a child's temperature a pleasant experience.

Disclaimer: I received no monetary compensation for this post. I did receive a free Exergen Smart Glow TemporalScanner Thermometer for review purposes. All quotes and stock photos are from the Exergen website and email. All thoughts and opinions are 100% mine

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