Best Baby Ear Thermometers UK Reviews of 2016 – 2017

Best Baby Ear Thermometers UK Reviews of 2016 - 2017

Parents and guardians with little ones know that illnesses are bound to occur early on in a child’s first few years. Having to care for a sick baby can be scary, but there are many products on the market to help you determine what to do when your child inevitably experiences a fever.

Fevers play a key role in fighting infections. If your child is older than 6 months and drinking plenty of fluids, sleeping well, and continuing to play, there’s usually no need to treat the fever. Your child has a fever if he/she 1 has a forehead, ear, or rectal temperature higher than 38°C. The normal temperature range for a child can change according to the type of thermometer used. For an ear thermometer, the normal range is 35.8 – 38°C.

Baby ear thermometers, also called tympanic or aural thermometers, use infrared sensors to read body temperature inside the ear canal. Due to the size of babies’ developing ear canals, ear thermometers are generally not recommended for children under six months old. However, they are less invasive and provide quicker readings than a digital probe thermometer when used correctly.

Here are our reviews of the best baby ear thermometers on the market currently:

 

2016 – 2017’s Best Baby Ear Thermometers – Top 5 Table

ImageProduct NamePrecisionLatency TimeWarrantyAvg RatingPrice
Braun ThermoScan 7
IRT6520
± 0.2°C / ±
0.4°F
A few seconds2 years4.6/5££
Paryvara Digital Forehead
and Ear Thermometer
± 0.2°C / ±
0.4°F
1 second1 year4.7/5£
Amir Ear and Forehead Dual
Mode Infrared Body Thermometer
± 0.2°C / ±
0.4°F
1 second2 years4.5/5£
iProvèn DMT-489 Forehead
and Ear Thermometer
± 0.3°C / ±
0.6°F
1 second2 years4.7/5££
Metene Medical Forehead
and Ear Thermometer
± 0.3°C / ±
0.5°F
1 second2 years4.8/5£

 

Best Baby Ear Thermometers in the UK Reviews of 2016 – 2017

 


Braun ThermoScan 7 IRT6520

Braun ThermoScan 7 IRT6520 Review

The latest model in Braun’s line of ear thermometers, the Braun ThermoScan 7 IRT6520 is packed with modern features, such as Age Precision™ technology, ExacTemp™ guidance system, and memory mode. The tip is prewarmed to 34°C before use to deliver a more accurate result, and the colour coded LCD helps interpret the reading according to your child’s age. Unlike previous models, the Braun ThermoScan 7 has a backlit display with night light, allowing you to read your sleeping child’s temperature without disturbing him/her. The built-in memory mode stores the last nine temperature readings, making it easy to track changes. In addition, the positioning system lights for accuracy, with a signal that indicates when the device is ready to take the optimal temperature. Braun requires the use of it’s own brand lens filters and must be changed after each temperature
reading. This helps to avoid cross contamination; however, some may find this feature inconvenient.

 

Pros

  • Doctor-recommended brand
  • Fast measurement in seconds
  • Age adjustable fever guidance
  • Pre-warmed tip for comfort and accuracy
  • Suitable for whole family (babies to adults)

 

Cons

  • Limited to ear readings only
  • Must select age to take measurement for every use
  • Some users complain of inconsistent readings
  • Relatively expensive
  • No audible alert for fever reading

 

 


Paryvara Digital Forehead and Ear Thermometer

Paryvara Digital Review

This dual-mode forehead and ear thermometer from Paryvara provides fast, consistent, and accurate temperature readings in both Celsius and Fahrenheit. It stores up to 20 temperature readings for the whole family, from babies to adults. An audible alarm sounds when the temperature reads above 37.5°C with a red light to indicate a fever. Batteries are already installed (2 x AAA) and comes with a plastic stand and soft carrying case. Users praise the Paryvara Digital Forehead and Ear Thermometer for ease of use, accuracy, and comfort for babies all the way up to adults.

 

Pros

  • Newest FDA-approved model on the market
  • Fast, accurate reading within 1 second
  • Easy to use
  • Good overall value

 

Cons

  • Some users complain of inconsistent readings
  • Backlight on screen shuts off quickly

 

 


Amir Ear and Forehead Dual Mode Infrared Body Thermometer

Amir Review

The Amir Ear and Forehead Dual Mode Infrared Body Thermometer is a popular, budget-friendly option that provides accurate, instant readings within 1 second and stores up to 20 readings. Users receive an audible and visual fever warning alert when temperature exceeds 37.5°C. However, the device is a bit bulky and does not feature a colour warning display like other models available on the market.

 

Pros

  • Easy to use with quick results
  • Comfortable for babies and young children
  • Comes with lifetime support and 24/7 online customer service

 

Cons

  • No colour-coded warning feature
  • Some users complain of unreliable results
  • Difficult to switch between Celsius and Fahrenheit

 

 


iProvèn DMT-489 Forehead and Ear Thermometer

iProvèn DMT-489 Review

The iProvèn DMT-489 is another popular option among dual-mode thermometers on the market. With only two buttons (head and ear), the thermometer could not be easier to use. The backlit display shows the last 20 readings and changes colours according to the temperature reading. A favorite feature for users is the “easy care guide” that comes with the thermometer, containing a chart of temperature readings to help understand the various temperature ranges and levels of fever. The thermometer is ready to use once turned on, and the temperature reading is completed within seconds.

 

Pros

  • Near instantaneous results
  • Reliable and consistent readings
  • Ergonomic design

Cons

  • Backlight on screen shuts off quickly
  • Relatively expensive

 

 


Metene Medical Forehead and Ear Thermometer

Metene Medical Review

The Metene Medical Forehead and Ear Thermometer is another great dual-mode option that is CE & FDA approved. With a sleek design, the thermometer has two buttons to switch easily from forehead to ear mode. It can store up to 20 readings for babies and adults and comes with two AAA batteries and a portable case. The backlit screen is easy to read, and the device powers off after 10 seconds of no use. Metene also claims that the thermometer can be used to accurately scan the temperature of objects (such as a baby bottle) and rooms, as well.

 

Pros

  • Accurate readings
  • Ergonomic design
  • Switches from forehead to ear mode automatically
  • Versatile (also measures room and object temperatures)

 

Cons

  • Some users find it difficult to switch between Celsius and Fahrenheit

 

 


Finding the Best Option

Because there are several types of  baby ear thermometers available on the market today, you need to consider a few factors when determining which one is right for your child. These factors include:

1. Age Suitability. The following table provides a basic guideline on the type of ear thermometer you should use based on your child’s age. If you have multiple children in your household, consider the ear or temporal artery (forehead) style because they are generally less intrusive when a child of any age is sick. Note: If your child has a sore ear, ear infection, or has had recent ear surgery, choose an alternate method to measure his/her temperature to ensure an accurate reading.

Child’s Age Rectal Oral Ear Axillary Temporal Artery
Newborn-3 months
3 months-3 years  ✓  ✓  ✓  ✓
4-5 years  ✓  ✓  ✓  ✓  ✓
5 years+  ✓  ✓  ✓  ✓

2. Accuracy and Consistency. The difference between a normal temperature range and a fever is a matter of only a few degrees, so it is important to find a thermometer that provides an accurate reading on a consistent basis. It may be worth bringing in your thermometer to your child’s next doctor visit to compare the readings from your home thermometer to the one used at the pediatrician’s office.

3. Speed of Reading. Most digital thermometers available today generally record temperatures within less than a minute. It can be difficult to get an accurate reading from a fussy baby while he/she is awake, so a thermometer that can generate a fast and accurate reading is necessary.

4. Ease of Use. Ear thermometers must be inserted correctly for a precise measurement, so find a model that is easy to handle, designed with clear instructions, and provides colour-coded temperature guidance. Comfort is certainly another feature to consider, especially for babies and young children. Cleaning your thermometer after every use is important for preventing contamination, so find a model that is also easy to clean and maintain.

5. Price and Other Features. Thermometers come in all price ranges with features designed to make them stand out from the competition. Most digital thermometers have a backlit display screen, alert signal, builtin memory, and a long battery life. Some even come equipped to work with apps for your smart phone. More features typically mean a higher price tag, so it may be worth looking at models that come with a manufacturer’s warranty for peace of mind.

 

Other Considerations

No matter which baby ear thermometer you choose, remember to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for maintenance and use. External factors may influence ear temperatures, such as poor probe placement, extreme hot and cold room temperatures, hearing aids, and/or lying on a pillow. Soaking in warm water can also raise body temperature for up to an hour, so avoid taking your child’s temperature after he/she has had a bath. Multi-use thermometers should only be applied in one area per reading to prevent contamination. Clean thermometers 5 after every use to prevent germs from developing and spreading. If you sense your child is seriously ill, follow your instincts and contact your doctor, especially if he/she exhibits the following signs:

  • Less than 3 months old and has a fever
  • Maintains a fever for over 72 hours
  • Extremely irritable, fussy, and/or cranky
  • Incredibly lethargic, sleepy, or non-responsive
  • Persistently coughs and wheezes
  • Fever combined with a rash or other signs that worry you

 

Final Thoughts on Our Best Ear Thermometers For Babies Reviews

A reliable baby ear thermometer is an essential tool for your household. Always have a backup, such as a digital probe thermometer, in case your primary one does not work. Remember, the degree of fever is not the only indicator of how serious your child’s illness may be, but it’s a good place to start when determining whether or not to take your child to the doctor. We hope our reviews of the best uk models in 2016 – 2017 will help you select the right one, and ultimately keep your child safe.

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