Vicks Behind Ear Thermometer: Review, Charity Click, and Giveaway!

Did you hear? It’s flu season!

Just kidding. How could you not hear about it? It’s a trending news and social media topic, not to mention a subject of hot discussion at the water cooler, in the cafe, on Facebook, and a few cities have declared states of health emergencies due to hospital overflow….and everyone seems to know someone who’s entire family has had the flu or otherwise been sick, even if the whole family received the flu shot (and that’s all I’m gonna say about that, because there are some hot opinions on that topic!).

Vicks has come up with a Cold & Flu Survival Guide from pediatrician and American Academy of Pediatrics fellow Dr. Jennifer Trachtenberg. For every email, Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest “Share” of Dr. Jen’s Survival Guide, Vicks will donate a Behind Ear Thermometer and Vicks Starry Night Humidifier to Baby Buggy, a non-profit founded by Jessica Sienfeld and dedicated to providing U.S. families in need with essential items for their children. Go to the Cold & Flu Survival Guide to share their message so more families can get the items they need this flu season!

My family got the flu, all except for me. Yay, me! Someone had to be upright to take temperatures, dole out medication to miserable children, clean up vomit, sooth sick children, provide drinks and popsicles and heat soup and put on videos and read books and comfort the sick for those long five days…

It wasn’t fun, but we were lucky: C was well enough to get out to work (he had a pretty light version), and he was able to pick up supplies (ginger ale, juice, bendy straws, saltines, soup) on his way home.

The kids felt cruddy with strong fevers for several days, plus one day of vomiting. I knew enough to keep them hydrated any way I could (popsicles for breakfast? Sure!!), and I was also doling out ibuprofen and acetaminophen to help keep them from being totally miserable.

To monitor their temperatures, I had a choice of:

  • standard digital thermometer (neither likes to sit still while I hold it in his armpit);
  • temporal artery thermometer (a.k.a. forehead scanner), which they both hate, so I’d often get readings of 97;
  • in-the-ear thermometer (accurate when I COULD get it into an ear, which was….hahahahahaha! You think a sick toddler will let me stick something in his year and hold still while I do it?) and
  • Vicks Behind Ear thermometer (place it behind ear, press button).

The Vicks Behind Ear thermometer wins. Besides showing the temperature almost immediately, the backlight is either green, yellow, or red, depending on the temperature. So if you’re half asleep and the thing is green, awesome, Yellow, give a second look. Red, turn on the light and prepare yourself to deal with a high fever.

The only thing I don’t love about that Vicks thermometer is that it doesn’t shine a small light. I mean, if it can do green/yellow/red, surely it can light up like the face of a cell phone so you can see where you’re aiming it, right? Sometimes (often!) I had to turn on the bedroom light or wear a headlamp to make sure I was getting it in the right place, which made the whole green/yellow/red thing slightly moot.

But otherwise, I was comparing temperatures, sometimes, from forehead scanner/ear thermometer/behind-the-ear thermometer. Every single time–two boys, one week, many fevers–the Vicks Behind Ear thermometer was the easiest to use, least objectionable for the child, and most accurate.

One lucky reader here can win either the Vicks Behind Ear thermometer or a Vicks Starry Night humidifier (winner’s choice). Can you imagine getting through cold/flu season without either?

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Easy entries! For each item that you do, please leave me a comment saying that you have done so.

Giveaway ends (and winners will be chosen) January 25. Winners will have 24 hours after notification to respond and claim prize. Thanks!

  1. Leave a comment with your email address, letting me know which item you’d prefer to win!
  2. Follow me on Twitter and leave a comment telling me you’ve done so (and what your Twitter handle is!).
  3. “Like” the Its Not Like a Cat page on Facebook and leave a comment telling me you’ve done so..
  4. Go the the Vicks Cold & Flu Survival Guide and share their message so they donate to BabyBuggy (and leave me a comment telling me whether you did it by Facebook or Twitter or Pinterest or…).
  5. Extra entry if you go to the Vicks Cold & Flu Survival Guide and share again by a different method.

All winners should be in the U.S. for shipping purposes. I was not compensated in any way for this review. Vicks is providing and shipping the giveaway prize. I did receive a Vicks Behind Ear Thermometer at an informational presentation about a year ago. All opinions are my own.


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