I received a free item to help with this review. All opinions are my own.
The Exergen TemporalScanner™ Thermometer is a non-invasive system with 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.
The TemporalScanner™ comes with four ways to make it even easier 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
Not too long after I was approached to review this thermometer, our youngest daughter Mya had a fever. Her whole body was hot, including her hands and feet, so I knew it was time to open the package and test out this new device.
I'll be honest in saying that I was a little skeptical. We've bought ones like this in the past but they always seemed to have issues. Either the temperature seems way too high or it was extremely low, but I wanted to give this Exergen Thermometer a shot after reading all the positive reviews, as well as the awards they've received for it.
Taking the temperature was easy and only took a couple seconds. I like that it beeps at you to let you know its done, and there's no worries about rubbing across the forehead for several seconds irritating the child. After I took Mya's temperature and saw 101.2, I then started testing it out with my other kids and my husband to see if I could get accurate readings on them. While everyone is a little different with their own body temperatures, everyone else was in the normal 98 degree range and so I took My'a temperature again and got almost the same result.
I went to take it again a little bit later after she had medicine to bring it down and I realized there was a memory option for the temperatures you take. This caused me to not be able to take temperatures any more because all it wanted to do was show the 8 memorized temps I'd taken and flash them over and over again. After looking in the packaging and not seeing any real directions, I got pretty upset that we couldn't figure it out.
I remembered the next day that I was sent an additional fact sheet with the thermometer and it gave directions on that sheet for how to take temperatures when they also get stored. Most thermometers you have to turn on before using, and this one you don't. After it displayed the temperature you then hold the button for a few seconds to turn it off to take another one if you'd like. You push the button down to check the stored temps, and then once done, you again hold the button down to turn it off.
While it's simple in the long run, it had us stumped for a moment, so this was the only hiccup for me. In the moment with no directions on the packaging and trying care for a sick child, the last thing you want is to be annoyed. I'm glad I got it fixed and look forward to using it from now on instead of the more conventional temp ways like under the arm or in the mouth.