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American Red Cross Digital Pacifier Thermometer Review

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American Red Cross Digital Pacifier Thermometer Copyright 2008, Learning Curve Brands, Inc.

The Bottom Line

If you're looking for an alternative to rectal thermometers that are usually suggested for babies, this pacifier thermometer may be a great choice for you. As long as baby will keep the pacifier in his or her mouth for 90 seconds, you can get a fairly accurate temperature from it.
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Pros

  • Easy to use and read.
  • Inexpensive.
  • More accurate than many ear thermometers for infants.
  • Protective cover keeps it clean in storage.

Cons

  • If baby won't keep a pacifier in his mouth, this thermometer won't work.

Description

  • Digital thermometer housed in a silicone pacifier.
  • Digital display with automatic recall of last temperature.
  • Fever alert feature beeps and flashes when temperature is above 99.5 F.

Guide Review - American Red Cross Digital Pacifier Thermometer Review

Maybe I'm more squeamish than most parents, but when my daughter was small, I never wanted to take her temperature if it meant using a rectal thermometer. We tried an ear thermometer, but those don't generally work well on tiny ears. Instead, I often held the thermometer under her arm, which is not always fun with a sick, fussy infant. I wish the American Red Cross digital pacifier thermometer had been available during that time, because it was just the easy, convenient temp-taking method I was looking for.

This thermometer is housed in a classic-looking silicone orthodontic pacifier with a plastic shield. The front of the shield is slightly larger than some since it houses the digital thermometer. The only other difference is that you can see the small sensor inside the part of the pacifier that goes in baby's mouth.

The pacifier thermometer is easy to turn on. You just have to push a little button on the front and wait for the usual "L" to show up to indicate that it's ready. Baby keeps the pacifier in his or her mouth for about 90 seconds, until it beeps, and you can easily read the temperature on the front.

I tested the pacifier thermometer on several people, big and small comparing the temperatures with those from a reliable digital oral thermometer. The American Red Cross digital pacifier thermometer came in within a two-tenths of a degree of the reading from the standard oral thermometer on every test run. It usually came within a tenth of a degree.

If you're looking for a fast, convenient, non-invasive way to take baby's temperature, the American Red Cross digital pacifier thermometer is a reliable choice.

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