Now that my children are teens and no longer little babies, I do not often use thermometers. However, I do like to keep one on hand just in case. I purchased the ReliOn 8 Second Oral Thermometer hoping it would do the trick.
Unfortunately, while it is extremely fast as advertised, it is often highly inaccurate. This oral thermometer is nice because it really does take only eight seconds to read a temperature once you place it in the mouth. It’s also nice because you can separately purchase tip covers to stop the spread of germs. However, when it comes to reading an actual temperature, I’ve found this thermometer to be wrong more often than it is correct. On one particular day, my teenage son was feeling very poorly. As most moms do, the first thing I did was touch his forehead to see if he was hot. He was extremely hot so I got out the ReliOn thermometer to find out just how bad it was. The first reading said my son’s body temperature was just at 98.2, the second reading was 102.3, and the third reading was at 99.1. Mind you, these were all within 15 minutes. I ended up taking him to the doctor’s and his temperature was at 103.3, which just went to show that this thermometer could not be counted on for an accurate temperature reading.