Vicks Fever Insight Speed Read Thermometer £3.43 @ Amazon

29 September 2011

This Vicks Fever Insight Speed Read Thermometer is a bit of a bargain if

a) Amazon leave the price alone for a while or

b) You get there first, if they don't.

The current price is just £3.43, whereas the usual price is £12.99.

Having a thermometer instantly to hand is necessary when you have babies and children in the house; it's NOT an optional piece of kit.

Temperatures can rise FAST and the implications can be serious.

When my eldest was little, his temperature soared so fast his body shut down and he had a febrile convulsion.  It was the middle of the night, I called out our GP and we were rushed to the hospital so they could rule out, or in, meningitis; it was nothing short of terrifying.

Since then I've been a bit of a temperature 'fan' - the moment anyone complains of not feeling so well they get their temperature measured and I keep a very close eye on them.

There are lots of digital thermometers on the market - please don't use mercury ones - and prices can vary massively.

If you don't want, or aren't in a position, to spend the best part of £50 on a digital thermometer then consider this Vicks Fever Insight Speed Read one instead.

It takes accurate readings within ±0.1°C, features a coloured backlight and displays digital numbers in both Fahrenheit and Celsius.

It takes readings in around eight seconds, which reduces contact time and minimises discomfort, has a memory function so you can track temperature changes and measurements can be taken in three different ways: oral, underarm or rectal.

Thanks to papago14 at HUKD

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