Ask any parent of a sick child – the last thing they want to do when a sick child finally falls asleep is to wake them up, but if they are running a fever monitoring their temperature is vital, so finding a way to check their temperature without waking them is important. When my oldest son was a baby I was faced with this dilemma, and my solution was to buy a temporal artery thermometer, they were pretty new on the market then so it was an unusual choice, but a turned out to be a great decision. I was able to easily check my son’s temperature any time of the day or night without waking him and it was much simpler to use than the ear thermometers. We had to replace that thermometer after several years but almost 13 years later the temporal artery thermometer is now used in most pediatrician’s offices I visit, and is still my preferred way to measure my kids’ temperatures. The temporal artery thermometer I bought 13 years ago is still the most popular one in the stores, so it definitely prime for an update.
With the new Thermo Withings have taken the tried and true technology of the temporal artery thermometer and brought it up to date by linking it with a detailed and informative app. I recently had the opportunity to test out the Thermo and was interested to see how it performed.
Why Use a Temporal Artery Thermometer?
It is quick, easy, accurate and non-invasive.
The temporal artery connects to the heart via the carotid artery and gives an accurate assessment of the temperature inside the heart and thus the core body temperature. The temporal artery comes close to the skin at the forehead and the temperature is measured via infrared using a quick swipe across the forehead.
Before you use Thermo for the first time you need to install the free Withings Thermo app, and follow the on screen instructions to set up your Thermo. I’d recommend doing this when you first get your Thermo so it’s all set up and ready to go when you need it. If you already have a Withings account it will import your profiles from that but you can also add additional users from within the app, this way all family members have their own health record.
It is recommended to scan 3 times and use the highest temperature reading. I found that most of my readings were within 0.1°F -0.2°F of each other, and by taking 3 readings I could easily see if any readings were out of touch with the others.
After you have taken the readings Thermo sends the results to your phone and you can then allocate the readings to a particular person, or discard them.
I love temporal artery thermometers for their speed, accuracy and ease of use but where Thermo stands out from other temporal artery thermometers is in the extra value the app brings. With the app you don’t need to remember what your child’s temperature was yesterday or 2hrs ago, thermo will do that for you. It creates a record that you can easily look back at to see how your child’s temperature has changed over time. It also allows you to make notes each time you take the temperature, plus record the child’s symptoms and any medication given, you can even add pictures. This is useful not only for seeing trends yourself, but also when more than 1 person is caring for a sick child. You don’t have to remember to ask your spouse when your child last had medicine or ask what symptoms the child had whilst you were at work. It is also very useful when visiting the doctor to be able share a record of the child’s temperature, symptoms and response to medication over the course of their illness.
The app also red flags elevated temperatures and gives advice on medication dosages based on the child’s weight and age for common over the counter medications such as Tylenol. It also gives advice on when you should call a doctor with different advice depending on the age of the child for instance any fever of 100.4F (or above) in a 0-3 month old is an emergency whereas that same temperature in a 5 year old would be considered a mild fever. It also gives advice on symptoms that are serious enough to warrant calling the doctor even if no fever is present.
Thermo from Withings is a temporal artery thermometer that is fast, accurate and easy to use and it’s companion app is a great way to track a child’s temperature, symptoms and response to medication during the course of an illness. A great addition to any family’s medical cabinet.
Available from Withings.com, Apple Stores and other retailers RRP $99.95
Nokia Thermoby Nokia Apps Distribution LLC
Category: Health & Fitness, Medical
Requirements: Compatible with iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPhone4S-iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5-iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen-iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPhone5c-iPhone5c, iPhone5s-iPhone5s, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6-iPhone6, iPhone6Plus-iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen-iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s-iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus-iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE-iPhoneSE, iPhone7-iPhone7, iPhone7Plus-iPhone7Plus, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74, iPhone8-iPhone8, iPhone8Plus-iPhone8Plus, iPhoneX-iPhoneX, iPad75-iPad75, iPad76-iPad76
Size: 92.74 MB
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NOTE: A product was supplied by the company for review purposes, no other form of compensation was received, all opinions stated in the review are those of the author and have been offered honestly.
Mary is originally from England but now lives in California with her husband, dog, cat and three children. Mary and her family love Apple products and own an iPad2, iPad3, iPad Mini, iTouch, iPhone5 and several MacBook Pros. They also love cub scouts, skiing, camping and hiking. The family iPads are also used for therapy for their daughters Apraxia (speech disorder).