Monday, August 31, 2009

Preparing for Flu Season + Thermometer Giveaway

One of my girlfriends carries a thermometer in her diaper bag, taking her kids' temperature at the slightest hint of illness. That's not really my style. I typically gauge potential fevers by touch, confirming with a digital thermometer under their arm if they seem really sick. (I've gotten quite accurate with the touch method, I'll have you know.)

With all the H1N1 flu drama, our preschool and daycare are now much more specific about when children will be allowed through the door and how high a mild fever can be before it keeps them home. Determining that a forehead is "barely warm" won't really cut it. Faced with the prospect of a lot more temperature-taking this winter, I accepted a MomSelect invitation to review the new ReliOn Temple Touch Thermometer.

The good:

  • It works fast. Hold the end of the digital thermometer up to a squirmy kid's temple for six seconds and you're done. Much more convenient than the minute-plus I have to hold the thermometer under their arms for an auxiliary temp.
  • There are little beeps to tell you when to put it up to the temple and when to take it off. And instructions right on the thermometer in case even that's too much to remember.
  • I tried it on my toddler and myself at a few different points throughout the day. It gave consistent readings for both of us.
  • It's only $10, which is about what I spent on our last thermometer.
The not as good:
  • The beeps are pretty loud, especially when the thermometer is right next to your ear. One of its selling points is supposed to be that you can use it on sleeping kids, but I wouldn't want to risk waking a sleeping sick child. I wish there were a way to mute the beeping.
  • You'll still need a thermometer on hand for taking rectal temperatures. At least at our pediatrician's office, that's the reading they request if things are dicey.
  • It's only available through WalMart or its cousin, Sam's Club (I didn't realize that fact until today).
In addition to the free thermometer to review, I received one to give away. To enter, leave a comment on this post sharing something about autumn you're looking forward to (since the flu isn't the only thing coming). U.S. mailing addresses only. One entry per person, winner to be chosen at random no later than 9/12, void where prohibited. Entries without some means of contact (e.g. email, blog link) are invalid. Contest closes 9/9 midnight PST.


cdziuba August 31, 2009 at 2:26 PM Looking forward to Honey Crisp Apples.

Valerie August 31, 2009 at 2:53 PM  

cool weather, and hoodies!
KawaiiNeko2008 at aol dot com

Thomas August 31, 2009 at 3:18 PM  

Apples! I love crisp tasty ones and you can't beat fall for those. Looking forward to the cool weather too, for some reason warm clothes and drinks so really appealing right now (I don't even live somewhere insanely hot).

Sam August 31, 2009 at 4:06 PM  

Fall = Thanksgiving.... therefore, I'm looking forward to being able to play my Christmas music without getting strange looks. (Living in the south does not afford the changing of leaves, cooler weather, etc...)

MOMFOREVERANDEVER August 31, 2009 at 4:39 PM  

looking forward to the wind blowing, cozy sweaters, snuggling, yummy pot roasts

luna August 31, 2009 at 7:20 PM  

apples and figs, leaves turning colors, and my baby getting bigger!

Wendy September 1, 2009 at 1:43 AM  

I am looking forward to the Halloween :)
bear101 at hotmail dot com

Anonymous September 1, 2009 at 8:19 AM  

I'm looking forward to cooler temperatures. Not too hot, not too cold.

mogrill September 1, 2009 at 10:18 AM  

Looking forward to the crisp, cool fall!! Thanks for the chance.

tawnda September 1, 2009 at 12:06 PM  

I'd like to try this

Kristi September 1, 2009 at 3:57 PM  

It's my fav season!!! The cooler weather mostly!

socmama September 1, 2009 at 6:27 PM  

The great fall colors! And the chance to wear sweaters again =)

Katie September 1, 2009 at 7:06 PM  

I love afternoon walks kicking through piles of leaves on the sidewalk.
katiekarr at gmail dot com

Madeline September 1, 2009 at 8:39 PM  

I'm looking forward to the crisp, cool air and the crunching leaves underfoot!

Megan September 2, 2009 at 8:45 AM  

I am looking forward to no more extremely hot days once autumn arrives.

Kristen September 3, 2009 at 8:02 AM  

I'm looking forward to pumpkin pie and holiday shopping!

stickybean12 at gmail dot com

sibabe64 September 3, 2009 at 8:43 AM  

Trick or treat, Halloween. Costumes and candy.

Lisa September 4, 2009 at 7:50 PM  

cooler weather! for sure

Jason September 5, 2009 at 6:51 AM  

The beautiful fall leaves.

Anonymous September 5, 2009 at 11:44 AM  

I'm looking forward to the cool temperatures and the beautiful leaves.

Anonymous September 5, 2009 at 9:04 PM  

i look forward to the cool weather so that i can work in my fall garden
in comfort.


brittney September 7, 2009 at 10:22 AM  

im looking forward to the cool weather so i can start hiking again in comfort

Laura Klawitter September 7, 2009 at 3:22 PM  

I'm looking forward to taking walks in the leaves with the kiddos! Breathing in the air, the great fall smells..

turtle September 7, 2009 at 5:25 PM  

looking forward to cooler weather with the colors of fall and wonderful nights of sleep in the cool air. Long walks aand watching the leaves fall.

chromiumman September 7, 2009 at 7:50 PM  

looking forward to the leaves changing color

Kimberly September 8, 2009 at 2:40 PM  

I am looking forward to pulling all my nice sweaters out of hiding. I can't wait to put on a fluffy bucle number and head out to the pumpkin patch. :)

Happi Shopr September 8, 2009 at 2:58 PM  

i'm looking forward to cooler weather and friday night football. trinitygsd at yahoo dot com

missrantsypants September 8, 2009 at 4:20 PM

Im looking forward to getting away with darker eye makeup..without looking like a tramp! haha.

dmjitems September 8, 2009 at 8:14 PM  

I am really looking forward to all of the prep time for the upcoming holidays. I usually start at the beginning of fall.
dmjitems (at) gmail (dot) com

Anonymous September 8, 2009 at 8:37 PM  

Definitely looking forward to the leaves changing color - so beautiful.

Kate September 8, 2009 at 9:53 PM  

Jacket season :)

AmyLynn September 9, 2009 at 4:06 AM  

I am looking forward to all of the festivals that come along with the fall season. Thanks for the chance!

lighthouse27 September 9, 2009 at 6:53 AM  

I'm looking forward to using my nice winter blanket again, luv snuggling.

Anonymous September 9, 2009 at 12:50 PM looks forward to christmas and seeing santa claus once again.

Xenia September 9, 2009 at 2:17 PM  

I love the leaves changing color and the getting to let my daughters play in them.

xpsundell at gmail dot com

lace September 9, 2009 at 3:38 PM  

I'm looking forward to those warm days with the crunchy leaves on the ground. And heading to the apple orchard for honey crisp apples.

Leaves are already starting to change here.

dhunt September 9, 2009 at 6:32 PM  


Erica C. September 9, 2009 at 7:26 PM  

I just love the cool weather of autumn :)

Maja September 9, 2009 at 8:15 PM  

i love the leaves. beautiful scene.

tina September 9, 2009 at 9:14 PM  

cool weather, sweaters and a little rain thanks so much for the chance to win

Laureen September 9, 2009 at 9:30 PM  

I am looking forward to the organic pumpkins at the farmer's market to make a pumpkin pie and soups! Thanks!

lmarston AT yahoo DOT com

Andrea B September 9, 2009 at 9:31 PM  

U just have a warm fuzzy feeling with autumn. Can't explain it, it seems romantic time of year. Plus, I'm looking forward to cooler temps.

bridget3496 September 9, 2009 at 9:57 PM  

I'm looking forward to experiencing the seasonal flavors of Starbucks on brisk mornings

Marinalane September 9, 2009 at 10:28 PM  

I'm looking forward to cooler weather and less bugs! Thank you for the giveaway!

Gianna September 9, 2009 at 10:29 PM  

Honeycrisp apples!

liliesrnice September 9, 2009 at 10:58 PM  

I lcove the leaves hanging and no more ants!! lol

naynays1 September 9, 2009 at 11:26 PM  

I'm looking for some coolness and all the Holidays

Swtlilchick September 9, 2009 at 11:28 PM  

I look forward to pumpkins,pretty
mums,color of the changing leaves,
sweater weather,cooking soup and
chili,drinking hot cider,seeing the big hay bales and being cozy in a warm blanket

lilyk September 9, 2009 at 11:42 PM  

I'm looking forward to autumn's cooler temperatures.

twifanheather September 9, 2009 at 11:47 PM  

I'm looking forward to the beautiful colors of the changing leaves, wearing cute hoodies/sweaters, Thanksgiving, and the shopping season!

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