Recently Vick’s had a blogger event in Philadelphia to promote the new Vick’s Behind Ear Gentle Touch Thermometer. I was excited to attend, 1. to get out of the house (childcare was provided! gasp!) and 2. because I am the world’s worst thermometer user. I never seem to have an accurate thermometer in the house–I can think of at least 4 that I have gone through since Rayna was born…I don’t know what it is. They either stop working, give unreliable readings, or I really can’t get them to work right (like Rayna won’t keep one under her tongue for more than 1 second). So I was excited to see this one in action.
Then, the morning of the luncheon, both of my kids wake up with their eyes crusted shut. I couldn’t believe it. Sure, we have had some run-ins with pink eye this year, but both of them on the same day? The day I actually want to go somewhere?? So naturally I spent the morning waiting on hold with my pediatrician, getting prescriptions called in, trying to pick up the not-ready prescriptions, etc. etc. I obviously didn’t make it to the event. Womp womp.
BUT, they were sweet enough to send me a thermometer for review, and have me host a giveaway here–yippee! The thermometer couldn’t have come at a more convenient time for me to use, because guess what can easily happen to babies who have had pink eye? They get an ear infection from the same bacteria. Lovely. So I was able to put this to the test right away.
There’s a quick start guide in the packaging that shows you how to use it, and in 30 seconds you’ll get the hang of it. It’s SO easy, you just turn it on, it counts down 10 seconds to being ready and then you just touch the sensor behind the earlobe, press the button and BAM, instant reading. You don’t have to wait and try to hold it there while your kid swats it away, it’s instantaneous. And then the readings are color coded so you can quickly tell if your child (or you, obviously you can use this on anyone) has a fever. Green = no fever, yellow = slight fever, red = yikes! fever.
Since I’ve just been using it the last few weeks I can’t say if it will withstand the brutal conditions of my house yet. But, I know I don’t have the problems with it being hard to use or providing inaccurate results (like the temple scanner one I have which constantly reports a temp of about 82, really?). But, Vick’s does provide a lifetime warranty under normal use, so that is good to know. I think we finally have a winner & I don’t have to sound like a sap when I call the doctor and I’m “not sure” if my kid has a temperature.
So are you ready to win one? Just post a comment here. You can tell me if you’ve had success with thermometers in the past, why you’d like to try this one, etc. If you’d like additional entries you can subscribe to my blog by feed or email, follow me on twitter and/or tweet about this giveaway (1x day). Just be sure to post a different comment for each. Giveaway will end on 3/29 at 8 PM EST, US addresses only. Good luck!!
Disclosure: I was sent this product for review. I was not paid or obligated to write this post. All opinions are my own. Giveaway prize will be fulfilled directly from the company, not from me.