Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Exergen TemporalScanner -- a grandparent's best friend

Back in the 80s when my children were little, a warm forehead meant only one thing... it was time to lay them down on their bellies and get out the good ol' rectal thermometer. Yuck. Thank God those days are over. With a simply 2 second scan across the forehead, I can now know instantly, and painlessly, whether or not my grandchildren have a fever. Brilliant.

I was contacted by the Exergen Corporation to see if I would be interested in doing a review of their TemporalScanner, an infrared thermometer that works by capturing a temperature by simply scanning the heat coming off of the forehead (via the temporal artery). Of course, I was interested! This sounded like an awesome device. 

After I received the scanner, I took it out of the box and, following instructions, scanned my forehead. 94.6 degrees. Hmm. I waited 30 seconds and did it again. 96.5. I was getting warmer. After several attempts, I asked my husband to try it. Similar results. Obviously, I was sent a faulty unit. After a short rant about quality control, I put it away, and forgot about it... Until the day I was feeling sick.

I pulled it out of the box again, popped the clear plastic cover off the scanner, placed it on my forehead and... wait a minute. Back up... popped the clear plastic cover off the scanner... Oops. Looks like I missed a step on my first go-round with this amazingly simple device! My bad.

100.1. Yep. I was sick. And, yep, the scanner worked. Quickly and easily.

I have to admit that I've not had any sick kiddos to try it on since I received it. But when I do, I'm certain they'll respond much better to a smooth swipe across the forehead, rather than a traditional thermometer shoved you-know-where. 

With my daughter's new baby on the way, I'm certain the Exergen TemporalScanner is going to come in handy time and time again. In case you didn't glean this from the above info, here are the key points:
  • The Exergen TemporalScanner is non-invasive (woo hoo!), easy-to-use and extremely accurate... in just 2 seconds!
  • It will help parents, and grandparents, avoid the painful experience of taking their feverish kiddo's temps rectally and uncomfortably.
  •  Since it only takes 2 seconds and a gentle swipe, you can check your sleeping child's temperature without waking him!
What's not to love about this product? It was even featured on the Today Show and on Grey's Anatomy! And now, you can enter to win one. 

Enter using the Rafflecopter below. A winner will be chosen at random on October 10th, in honor of our daughter, Melinda's birthday. Melinda is a nurse anesthetist, so I thought it would be fitting to host a medical-related giveaway. 

a Rafflecopter giveaway Disclaimer: This is giveaway is not affiliated with Facebook or Twitter. The opinions stated in the reviews are just that... opinions. Individuals may have different responses and results when using this product. I was not paid for this post. However, at no cost to me, I did receive the temporal scanner from Exergen. Since Rafflecopter is a fair and nondiscriminatory winner-selection widget, friends and family members are eligible to win prizes. Entries will be verified.


  1. I used to have a thermometer like this. It just grew legs and walked off and I haven't been able to find one just like this one. The other ones I have found are not sturdy like this one. I would love to have one.

    1. Don't forget to visit their website and answer the question I posted in the Rafflecopter!

  2. London! :) I really need one of these.

    1. Well, good luck, then :-) And if you don't win, contact the company for a review/giveaway of your own!

  3. They will be going to London :)

    I hope I win this because I need a thrmomentor :)

  4. This would be great! I have a two year old who absolutely will NOT allow me to come near her with a thermometer and she is a very light sleep so I can't do it then either.

    The winner of the VIP sweeps is going to London.

    1. If you don't win it, then you might want to put it on your Christmas list :) Good luck, Mendy!

  5. Winner will be going to London. I could really use this TemporalScanner as I have another grandchild on the way.
    This is a great product because when the children are sick
    the last thing you want to do is cause them more stress by
    coming at them with a regular thermometer. Thanks for the

    1. You're absolutely right, Glenda! Congrats on the upcoming grandbaby!


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