Kinsa Smart Ear Digital Thermometer Review
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We like
  • Reads your baby’s temperature in about one second
  • Temperatures can be measured in either Fahrenheit or Celsius
  • Easy to clean by wiping down the thermometer with a warm cloth
  • Thermometer can be used by the entire family, not just your baby
  • Backed by the FDA as a safe product that meets all requirements
  • Thermometer has a two year/1,000 read battery life
  • Batteries are included
We don’t like
  • Some parents have found readings to be inaccurate
  • Water resistant, but not waterproof
How it works

Taking your child’s temperature when they are sick is one of the biggest hassles a parent faces. When a child is not feeling well they are squirmy and fussy making doing anything for them a project. Many parents complain that taking their child’s temperature is hard especially if a pediatrician recommends using a rectal thermometer to get the most accurate temperature possible. Kinsa has developed a new thermometer that can read your child’s temperature in one second through their ear without any invasive thermometers. The thermometer is linked via Bluetooth to your phone so that you can store the temperatures and track your child’s progress. 

 

Design

Design

The Kinsa Smart Ear Digital Thermometer is designed to be placed right in the ear of your child to get a reading of their temperature. The thermometer will read your child’s temperature in about one second. It is completely digital and can be set to either Fahrenheit or Celsius. The reading of your child’s temperature will come up automatically allowing you to know right away if your child has a fever or if their body temperature is at a normal level.

The Kinsa Smart Ear Digital Thermometer can also be synced to your smartphone. It comes with smart technology that allows your phone to be linked to the thermometer via Bluetooth. As soon as your child’s temperature is read, the unit will send the information to the app on your phone. You can store all of your child’s information in the app so that the information and history can then be shared with your child’s doctor or kept on record for yourself as you monitor your child’s progress if they are sick and on their way to recuperation. The app is compatible with IOS and Android.
The App

The App

The Kinsa Smart Ear Digital Thermometer comes with an app that links all of your child’s temperature readings to your phone for quick access to your child’s progress if they are sick. You can store up to fifty readings in your phone via the app. The app will look at the temperatures and begin to help you find a way to get your child back to optimal health.

The app is designed to give parents tips and advice on how to help their child feel better. When you put in your child’s symptoms, the app will then give you ways to help treat that symptom whether it’s a runny nose, a headache, or a sore throat. Parents can then decide whether they want to take that advice and treat that symptom. The app will give you medicinal suggestions based off of what your child’s temperature is. The app will advise you as to what over-the-counter medications you can use to help reduce the fever. Some options that are given are ibuprofen, aspirin, or other drug store remedies to try and help reduce a fever. If the temperature is high enough, the app will advise you to seek professional medical attention.

Family Profiles- The Kinsa app will store all of your family’s temperature readings in individual profiles for when you go to the doctor. Over time, you will be able to store a timeline of a certain condition and be able to bring all of that information to your healthcare provider. This way, all the information necessary to get a correct prognosis from your doctor will all be located on your phone.

Medicine Alerts- The Kinsa app also allows you to set reminders for medications. If you have found the perfect over-the-counter medication for your family or if your doctor has prescribed a medication for your child, you can set an alarm in the app to remind you to give out the meds. This way, your child will never miss a dosage and they can begin to get better faster.

Sesame Street Mode- The app for the Kinsa Smart Ear Digital Thermometer has a setting for helping your child feel comfortable having their temperature taken. It is always a helpful tool to distract your child while the thermometer is in use so that they don’t squirm or move and potentially trigger a false reading. To help out with that, the Kinsa Smart Ear Digital Thermometer app comes with a Sesame Street function where Elmo talks to your child while they are having their temperature taken. Once the temperature is taken and recorded, the app then gives you the opportunity to list the number of symptoms your child has in order for the app to be able to properly direct you as to what course of action you can take to help your child feel better. The app gives you options like fatigue, cough, runny nose, sore throat, etc. in order to pinpoint what may be causing your child to not feel well.

Once all of these symptoms have been added to the app and your child’s profile, you will have a clearer picture as to why your child is feeling the way they feel, and you can take proper action. All the while, your child will be entertained by Elmo’s voice and the colorful screen they can interact with while you are using the app.
The Earpiece

The Earpiece

The earpiece of the Kinsa Smart Ear Digital Thermometer is made of plastic and not latex, which is beneficial to those who may potentially or definitely have a latex allergy. The plastic is soft and won’t be uncomfortable on your baby’s ear. As long as your child is still, the piece will gently go into the opening of the ear and read the temperature in about one second. The temperature will show up on the display in the desired measurement, and you will know right away if your baby has a fever or not.
Not Just For Babies

Not Just For Babies

Many parents who have purchased the Kinsa Smart Ear Digital Thermometer have found that it is easily used on anyone in the family. Kinsa had your baby in mind when they created the thermometer, but it can be used by all family members. A lot of parents tested the thermometer on themselves before using it on their baby to ensure that the thermometer was working correctly, and each time the parent received the proper reading when tested against a regular oral thermometer. Other parents even tested the thermometer against a rectal thermometer and have found that the readers were only off by .1 degree, making the accuracy of the Kinsa Smart Ear Digital Thermometer spot on.
Batteries Included

Batteries Included

The Kinsa Smart Ear Digital Thermometer runs on two AA batteries. The batteries are included with the thermometer. The Kinsa Thermometer guarantees that the thermometer will be good for at least two years or 1,000 temperature readings. That amount of time and use is the battery life of the thermometer. It is always a good idea to have extra batteries on hand as weak batteries will prevent the thermometer from working properly and you may get false readings. Also, when batteries have been sitting inside of a product for an undetermined amount of time, the battery life can easily get drained, so some parents switch out the batteries as soon as they open the product in order to ensure that the product works as well as it should.
Accolades

Accolades

The Kinsa Smart Ear Digital Thermometer has been backed by several groups that have added to the popularity of the product. The Bump has backed the Kinsa Smart Ear Digital Thermometer as one of the best in baby tech products for 2018. The Kinsa has also been supported by pediatricians as one of the most useful tools in keeping your baby healthy. The Kinsa is also FDA Approved as a device that is monitored by the Food and Drug Administration, and the device meets all the requirements necessary for the American government, and the Kinsa has been reported on and has appeared on several popular news shows and morning shows across America.
Clean

Clean

Because the Kinsa Smart Ear Digital Thermometer has the capability of being shared by the whole family, keeping the Kinsa clean is very important. As with most products that run on batteries, it is never a good idea to get the Kinsa wet. You will see in the packaging and read in the manual that the Kinsa, although it is water resistant is not waterproof. The difference between the two is that the thermometer must never be fully submerged in water, so if your baby is not feeling well, do not take their temperature in or around the bathtub. If the baby squirms and the thermometer falls out of your hand and goes into the water, it will cease to function. By being water resistant, it is okay if the Kinsa gets splashed on or it is around water, so if you are cleaning your Kinsa make sure you keep the thermometer as dry as possible.

The best way to clean the Kinsa is with a warm cloth with a tiny bit of soap and to just wipe off the earpiece to the thermometer first. That is the first place where germs will collect on the product. After that, it is a good idea to gently wipe down the rest of the product as any germs you may have collected while helping your child or taking your own temperature may get on the thermometer. A warm paper towel or cloth is best as the earpiece does not detach from the thermometer, so wiping it down is the best method.
Price

Price

The Kinsa Smart Ear Digital Thermometer is moderately priced for what you are purchasing. The price is not expensive nor is it really cheap so the quality of the product you are buying is sound and reliable. Some parents have found that the readings are inaccurate, but it is hard to say if the product was being used correctly or if the batteries were fully charged. Many parents have been happy with the product and the price because it does have a battery life of two years or 1,000 reads, so for parents who have children who are prone to getting sick, or for parents whose children rarely get sick, whether you use the product often or not, you will know how long the thermometer will last you. The Kinsa Smart Ear Digital Thermometer is an investment worth considering as it will fit into anyone’s budget and the convenience it will provide for you and your family is unmatched.

Conclusion

Whenever your child is not feeling well, it is a hassle for you and especially your baby. Sick babies will squirm and move, and if you cannot get a good temperature reading for them it will be hard to figure out what to do next to help them get well. The Kinsa Smart Ear Digital Thermometer is the perfect way to get a temperature reading even if your child cannot sit still. The associated app that stores all of your child’s readings can also then help you diagnose and help treat your baby’s symptoms. The app allows you to set reminders for when you have to give your child their medicine and what medicine to give them. You can store up to fifty temperature readings and store your entire family’s readings in individual files for you to show to your doctor and pediatrician. One of the best features is the Sesame Street mode that keeps your child occupied and takes the fear away from having their temperature taken. The Kinsa Smart Ear Digital Thermometer is a great investment for any parent who wants to have top-of-the-line products for their child’s health and wants to give themselves some peace-of-mind that what they’re using is simply the best.
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