Believe it or not, we haven’t owned a family thermometer in over two years, when our last one broke and we never bothered to replace it. So the timing was perfect when Vicks asked me to try out their new AgeSmartTM Family Thermometer.
Digital is definitely the way to go now, but with our last thermometer, I would take the temperature of one of my daughters and then flip through random parenting books, trying to find the chart that tells me how high is too high. Unfortunately my American books would give me unhelpful Fahrenheit numbers, which I would then have to convert to compare to my Celsius thermometer reading.
Enter the new Vicks AgeSmartTM Family Thermometer. Clinically proven accurate, it is the first age-adjustable thermometer (you click to indicate whether the ‘patient’ is under 3 months, 3-36 months, or over 36 months), using medical guidelines to interpret temperatures. The thermometer features color-coded readings (as you could probably figure out, green means you’re OK, yellow is mild fever and red is high fever, using the patient’s age as a guideline). It takes fast 8 second readings and has a memory system to track the last readings. It also shows the temp in Celsius and Fahrenheit, and is water resistant for easy cleaning. (Always important when dealing with germs, but particularly because this thermometer can be used for oral, auxiliary or rectal temps.)
Fortunately there has been no illness in our home since I received the AgeSmartTM Family Thermometer, but we tried it out anyway! My four and six year olds were more than willing to hold the thermometer under their tongue for the required amount of time (the end of which is indicated with a beep), with the reward of reading the number and checking out the colour code. (An actual sick patient might not be quite as accommodating!)
With a suggested retail price of $19.99 – $21.99, it’s a very reasonable purchase too.
With chilly temperatures approaching, be ready for the possibility of illness in your family and pick up the new Vicks AgeSmartTM Family Thermometer.
Disclosure: I was provided with a thermometer for review purposes. Opinions are, as always, my own.