At the beginning of this month, me and Tia were invited to a very special event from Braun showcasing two new products. The IRT6520 ear thermometer and the NTF3000 no touch forehead thermometer.
Me and Tia traveled into London to the event which had a guest appearance from one of Tia’s idols, Dr Ranj Singh himself.
We were very kindly gifted a thermometer of choice, I decided on the new NFT3000 no touch forehead model. Tia’s never been a fan of me sticking anything in her ear, especially when she’s feeling poorly. It took a doctor nearly five minutes to test Tia’s temperature once (with a Braun model that should take seconds) in the end I had to basically pin her head down. It was traumatic for all involved so thank you Braun, for coming up with a no touch model.
The new No touch + forehead thermometer has two modes of use, you can use it by directly touching the forehead or, by holding it a distance of 5cm away from the forehead.
With our new no touch + forehead thermometer I can check Tia’s temperature when she’s sleeping and in less than two seconds. It has a no sound mode, so no chance of waking her up. It has a simple colour coded display to make reading the results both easy and quickly. Two things you want when accessing a poorly baby, also being touch free helps to limit the risk of spreading germs, and eliminating the possibility of cross contamination in the family.
We tested out a demo model at the event, and Tia thought it a very funny game. A stark difference to how she normally reacts when I check her temperature. She wanted to check mine afterwards so I’ll have to kept it away in the medicine cupboard, it will end up in her toy box if I’m not careful!
Braun’s new No touch + forehead thermometer features a ultra sensitive sensor, which captures twice as much radiated heat than traditional thermometers using an innovative optical system. The patented proximity sensor helps you to guide the thermometer onto your child’s forehead, at the correct distance of 5cm. This is very clever technology. Or witchcraft!
Either way as a mother, I’m super impressed!
The NFT3000 is suitable from birth and costs £52.99 from Boots, Asda and all good baby retailers.
Here’s Dr Ranj’s top tips on managing fever,
1) make sure you know how to check temperature accurately and get your child used to it too. Making it into a fun game can make the process easier, especially if they’re not feeling well. Likewise, if your child gets upset when having their temperature checked, think about using a no touch model.
2) Babies will often feed more when they are hot, both for comfort and to stay hydrated. You may find that they feed less but more often.
3) For children that have been weaned, offer them cool drinks or ice-lollies when they are bothered by fever. This is a great way to help them feel comfortable.
4) If your child is not, reduce the number of layers they are wearing to help them cool down. This applies to both babies and older children.
5) Babies primarily lose heat through their heads, so when they are hot make sure their head is uncovered.
6) Older children will loss heat through sweating and so ensure they have regular drinks when they have a fever, to keep them hydrated.
7) At night when your child goes to bed, cover them in a single sheet, rather than a duvet. For babies, the sheet should come up to their armpits and not cover their heads.
8) Make sure that the room your child is in is a normal temperature (around 18 degrees), so turn down the heating or open some windows. However, it shouldn’t be so cold that it’s uncomfortable.
9) Do not use tepid sponging to cool your child down. This isn’t very effective and may actually be counter-productive.
10) There are medicines that can help to reduce your child’s temperature, such as paracetamol and ibuprofen. Make sure you always follow the dosage instructions, or check with a healthcare professional if you are unsure.
11) Know when to seek further help. You should keep a close eye on your child when the thermometer reads elevated (yellow) and seek medical advice if it reads high (red), or if they have any other worrying signs (such as rash, floppiness, breathing difficulties, fits or signs or dehydration).
12) Any child with a fever that lasts more than 5 days should be checked by a healthcare professional.
I hope these tips will help you, I had no idea that using a cool sponge was bad. But after Dr Ranj explaining why it made perfect sense, cooling down a child too quickly can make them worse.
*disclosure* All photos were provided by the event organisers and I’ve used them with permission. My own camera (iPhone) fell down the loo just after arriving lol! Thank you for inviting us to the event, we had a lovely time.