If there’s one thing that makes me crazy about thermometers today, it’s discovering that when you suddenly need yours again the battery is dead. Or worse – you realize you can’t completely trust its accuracy because, after months of not using it, you’re not sure if the battery is getting low. A reusable forehead “strip thermometer” not only works without batteries, it also has these perfectly travel-friendly features:
- It packs flat in this thin travel case, fitting easily into your child’s travel kit or your family’s “travel pharmacy.”
- It can be used while your child is strapped into his car seat or stroller–even without waking him during a snooze.
- It requires no washing or sterilization between uses.
- It can be shared by all family members (well, except for the furry ones).
I also like that this forehead thermometer set by Summer Infant shows the temperature in both Farenheit and Celsius, giving you an easy translation if you do end up needing to discuss matters with a local pharmacist or physician when traveling. A second, stick-on forehead thermometer is included in this set as well (not reusable), which is favored by some parents taking temps on squirrely or sleeping young children.
For more tips and advice on traveling with sick children and finding medical help away from home, see chapters 7 – 9 in Travels with Baby, and for help during travel use the “Health and Medical Help” section in Take-Along Travels with Baby.
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