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A small thing, but it can upset a man


I decided to buy a thermometer in a teat on the spur of the moment. My husband and I were in the electronics and household appliances store. The date of childbirth was approaching relentlessly, and the layette for my child was not yet complete. In anticipation of my spouse who was discussing laptops with the seller, I settled in a comfortable armchair. Then my eyes met the cabinet. Among the epilators, hair clippers and electric toothbrushes, two types of electronic thermometers in teats were in their honor. Then I realized that I had not thought about this useful gadget. Carrying my already light tummy, I walked towards the site to look more closely at the objects of my interest.
Next to the Canpol Babies product, which cost less than PLN 50, a Philips Avent set was available, which included a thermometer with a teat, designed to measure temperature among infants (0-12 months), a Freeflow teat, which was to help the baby get used to shape thermometer and a traditional electronic thermometer, having a flexible tip, so that the temperature can be measured in the armpit or in the anus. My choice was decided by the brand I know and about which I have not had any reservations so far.

Philips Avent teat thermometer price PLN 99 / set
Information from the manufacturer:
Measurement range: 32ºC- 42.9ºC
Measurement accuracy: +/- 0.1ºC in the range from 35ºC to 42ºC
Compliance: Compliance with Directive MDD93 / 42 / EEC
Pacifier size: for newborns
The product I described was used only after a few weeks from the birth of my child. The daughter's disturbing behavior contributed to it, which, as it turned out later, simply struggled with colic.

Temperature measurement the screaming Baby is the untrained hand of his newly baked parent no mean feat. Although I had read the user manual out of curiosity, in the face of a stressful situation I had to remember its content.

Clutching a crying child, I tried to flip through the book and find the text written in my native language with my other hand. Somewhere between the congratulations from the manufacturer arising from the purchase of his product, warnings related to its use, I reached the rules of use. I could only blame myself for not having sterilized the rubber part of the teat with the protective cap and the cover in advance. Unfortunately, I didn't have a steam sterilizer, so I had to cook parts in boiling water for 5 minutes. When I managed to do it, I put the cooled teat in my mouth to let my daughter warm up. The producer recommended waiting 3 minutes, which at that moment seemed to be eternity. As I expected, my child, not used to the strange shape of the foreign body in his mouth, tried to spit it out at all costs. I honestly admit that I wanted to give up and instead of "the most convenient way to measure the temperature," as Philips touted in his leaflet, I would stick an electronic thermometer in the baby's bottom and finished the drama in the room. I even wanted to immerse the tip of the teat in water with dissolved glucose so that the sweet taste persuaded my child to calm down and let me finish the activity. However, the manufacturer clearly wrote in the leaflet not to do it.

When I was able to tame my tearful lady, I pressed the switch and waited with my last patience until the sound signal announced the end of the temperature measurement. However, the display did not show the measurement value, only the inscription "Lo", which, as it turned out, indicated an error in the measurement. Slightly irritated, I tried to repeat the action from the beginning.

Accustomed to shaking a traditional mercury thermometer to "reset" the device, I wanted to make an identical move, but I remembered that this operation is absolutely prohibited in this case.

With the help of the switch I used earlier, I prepared the thermometer to work again. This time the measurement was recorded, but 34 degrees that looked at me from the display raised all doubts. Browsing the manual in a hurry, I came across the information that "The mouth temperature is usually 0.5-1º lower than the actual body temperature." I tried to remember the value of the characteristic temperature for a baby (36.5-37.5 º) taking into account an unusual situation that could have affected its change. And then I read the manufacturer's suggestion, for a more accurate measurement use a thermometer with a flexible tip. It influenced my decision and I put the teat on the shelf. After this event, I tried to measure the temperature several times with it, when my child was silenced, but eventually I gave it up. The teat thermometer went to the box with missed gadgets.

Summarizing, I do not recommend it to any friend or daddybecause:

  • it is a gadget that, contrary to appearances, we will not often use, it is suitable for babies from their birth to the end of their year, and for hygienic reasons, no one will buy it from us
  • in my opinion, it is definitely not convenient to use - in the case of a crying child it is extremely difficult to measure if he does not have contact with the baby's body only with the air in his face
  • not every child accepts its shape - if they are used to a third-party teat, they will try to spit it out
  • the teat thermometer is not suitable for use when the first teeth of the baby damage the cap protecting the product's "mechanism"
  • the reliability of the measurement leaves a lot to be desired - who among us has the time and desire to play in determining the difference between body temperature in the mouth and getting the right result on this basis, although the time for measuring the temperature is not long, the period from warming the teat to communicate that the measurement has been ended in the case of a nervous situation drags mercilessly
  • it is not possible to measure the temperature with the device in question, if during the last half hour the Toddler has drank a warm or cold drink - this adversely affects the measurement result
  • To sterilize the device, first fit the parts suitable for it
  • only specific disinfectant solutions can be used to clean the teat, liquid abrasive or bacterial agents are not suitable for this
  • it cannot be washed in a dishwasher, microwave or microwave sterilizer
  • this product cannot be used in children with limited sensory, physical and mental skills
  • There is a risk of suffocation if a child swallows a loose pacifier battery cover
  • if you have an older version of the Philips AVENT thermometer, you cannot use the parts that came with the older SCH530
  • if the battery in the teat is worn out, the product must be disposed of, it is not possible to replace or recharge it.

Apart from the long list of negative thermometer features, I found several properties that deserve recognition: