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Us­ing a thermometer with fever­ish ba­bies is an ac­tion fraught with risks. The cranky young­sters could well dam­age them or hurt them­selves. For such oc­ca­sions, there is the Ther­moscan 3 from Braun that is spe­cially de­signed for in­fants.

The com­pact ear thermometer has a sleek noz­zle that goes into the baby’s ear and reads the tem­per­a­ture. As in­fants are sen­si­tive, Braun has taken care not to hav­ing a pointed tip. For hy­giene’s sake, they have a re­place­able plas­tic cup, called “lens fil­ter”, to cover the noz­zle af­ter ev­ery read­ing. Con­sid­er­ing how del­i­cate and fid­gety chil­dren can be, the com­pany has en­sured that the read­ing takes only a sec­ond, and not a lin­ger­ing minute like nor­mal. The pro­ce­dures for us­ing it for in­fants and for kids above a year old are dif­fer­ent. For in­fants, the par­ents have to grasp the outer edge of the ear and pull it straight back to clear the way for the de­vice. For oth­ers, pulling the outer edge of the ear up­wards works fine. Then take the Ther­moscan close to the ear and push the start but­ton. It au­to­mat­i­cally turns off if not in use for 60 sec­onds.

Although the read­ings were mostly ac­cu­rate, it did dif­fer at times when com­pared with the con­cur­rent thermometer read­ings taken of an adult. The pack con­tains only 11 dis­pos­able lens fil­ters that ex­hausts quickly dur­ing flu sea­son. The only re­lief is that these fil­ters are eas­ily avail­able at the chemist shops.

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