Temporal Artery Thermometer: Does it Work? - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

Temporal Artery Thermometer: Does it Work?

Posted: Updated:
  • Does it Work WednesdayMore>>

  • Andy, Will It Work? Perfect Bacon Bowl

    Andy, Will It Work? Perfect Bacon Bowl

    Wednesday, January 29 2014 10:52 AM EST2014-01-29 15:52:55 GMT
    (WMC-TV) - ANDY, WILL IT WORK? Perfect Bacon Bowl = WISE BUY (in a standard oven ONLY!) The Perfect Bacon Bowl, $12, claims it's "...the easy way to make delicious edible bowls out of bacon..." and stuff
    The Perfect Bacon Bowl = WISE BUY -- as long as you don't use it in a microwave oven!
  • Consumer Reports: Tablets for kids

    Consumer Reports: Tablets for kids

    Tuesday, December 3 2013 3:21 PM EST2013-12-03 20:21:20 GMT
    (CONSUMER REPORTS) - Before you buy a children's tablet, Consumer Reports says you want to keep in mind how many kids are going to be sharing it, the ages of the kids, what kind of screen size you want.
    Before you buy a children's tablet, Consumer Reports says you want to keep in mind how many kids are going to be sharing it, the ages of the kids, what kind of screen size you want.
  • Toy Tester #5: Furby, Zoomer, and bracelet maker

    Toy Tester #5: Furby, Zoomer, and bracelet maker

    Friday, November 22 2013 11:58 AM EST2013-11-22 16:58:00 GMT
    If you thought Furby was old news, think again. 
    If you thought Furby was old news, think again. 

By Lauren Keith - bio | email

CAPE GIRARDEAU (KFVS) - It's heartbreaking enough for any parent to see their children cry when they're sick, and it's not any easier to take their temperature then either.

That's where these temporal thermometers come in. Simply swipe them across your child's forehead, and release the button after a few seconds. It supposedly measures the radiating heat from your child.

Brittani Kinder of Cape Girardeau tries out the Exergen Temporal Artery Thermometer.

"97.7"

This $30 model says it's one of the "smartest products of the decade" and "more accurate than ear thermometers."

Brittani swipes it across her son's forehead one more time.

"98.3."

Trouble is, the readings are inconsistent.

"98.0..different each time!"

To compare, Brittani uses her regular digital thermometer on son, Brayden.

"97.5"

It's a few degrees cooler than readings from the temporal thermometer. She keeps going and tries it on her baby girl, Brylee. You can tell by the baby's little eyebrows raising she knows something is going on, but not at all bothered by the temperature scan.

"It'd also be good when they're sleeping at night," said Brittani.

True, and we can easily tell which one Brylee prefers. She cries when her mom places the regular digital thermometer under the baby's arm. Still, mom knows best. She notes the inconsistent readings taken from Brylee, too. Brittani is also studying to be a nurse and says she doubts whether most doctors would accept readings from the temporal thermometers.

"They always use digital. I haven't seen any pediatrician use temporal."

Meantime, I asked other parents their preference, and actually learned some horror stories from some of our viewers. Listen to Michelle Otte's story.

"My daughter had a temperature of 105 degrees on both a Saturday and Sunday when I was using the Exergen temporal thermometer. When we got into the doctor, he found it was only 99 degrees.  So, it was significantly different."

So, Michelle apparently gave her daughter, Taylor, medication when she might not have needed it, which worried the mother of course.

"When I told the doctor about the difference, he told me the forehead thermometers aren't as reliable and not to use them. He recommended the standard ear thermometer or rectal."

Michelle also noticed the inconsistent readings with the temporal thermometer.  It could be "operator-error" but it's enough for both moms to go back to the "tried and true" methods of taking temperatures.

"I'd give it a 'D'," said Michelle.

"I'd give it a 'C' because it still would be handy to use when they're sleeping, but if you want more accuracy, definitely go with the standard digital thermometers," said Brittani.

I'll meet in the middle and give the Exergen Temporal Artery Thermometer a not-so-sizzling C- on this Does it Work test.

Copyright 2010 KFVS. All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow

310 Broadway
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701

FCC Public File
publicfile@kfvs12.com
573-335-1212
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and KFVS12. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.