Prepping for Cold and Flu Season + A Giveaway!

A hand to the forehead. My mom could always tell if I had a fever just by touching my forehead. On occasion, I can tell if my son is feverish this way too. Even when that trick works, I need a lot more detail about my son’s fever.  So does my pediatrician. When my son was two he and his dad went to the park. After an hour he came home flushed but shivering. I could tell immediately he had a fever when I kissed his forehead but when we took his temperature, I was shocked to see he had spiked a 104-degree fever.

measuring a fever

Before my son was born I’m not sure I even owned a thermometer. If I did it might have been one of those old mercury models I could never actually read. Once he arrived, I tried many before I found the Braun ThermoScan® Ear thermometer. During my search, I had three main priorities for a thermometer: a thermometer that was accurate, easy to read, and easy on my son.

Everything flows from being easy to administer: Easy means my son isn’t going to loose it when I try to take his temperature. Easy means he wouldn’t wriggle around so much I can actually take it. Easy means maybe I can even take it while he sleeps which is SO important when he needs to get well. Easy means I can take it frequently enough to see if the ibuprofen is working. Easy means I can monitor those low-grade mystery fevers without getting him so upset he actually gets hot. I’ll be blunt: If it is too hard to take your kid’s temperature it doesn’t matter if the thermometer is accurate or if the readout is easy to read.


When a fever hits it’s a message telling us our bodies are marshaling their immune system to fight off a virus or an infection. My pediatrician and I want a thermometer that is accurate so we can monitor a fever’s ups and downs. I like knowing that my son runs a little on the cool side so I can factor that in when he does spike a fever. Last spring, he had a mystery low-grade fever that kept coming and going. Since it was a bit of a mystery, the doctor wanted me to track it at numerous intervals throughout the day. It was super important to know I could rely on my Braun ThermoScan® Ear Thermometer with clinically proven precise and accurate readings.


“Easy to read” means a digital readout with large enough numbers my tired eyes can read them in low light. Easy to read means I can accurately give the doctor a report.  All the business about accuracy and being easy on your kid doesn’t do much for you if you can’t see what a thermometer says!

A recent survey of GenX and Millenial moms both groups listed accuracy as the most important attribute of a thermometer (60% vs. 52%).  However, millennial moms prioritized comfort followed by ease of use and speed of reading. The same survey echoed how I feel when my son gets sick: The survey reveals all moms regardless of their experience and age, ride an emotional rollercoaster when it comes to caring for their sick child, at first feeling nervous (64%), anxious (64%), and protective (93%) prior to taking their temperature.However, taking their kid’s temperature quickly eases those concerns by making them feel informed (67%), responsible (64%), prepared (59%) and in control (52%). On this front I’ve learned I need to be prepared.

As I head into cold and flu season I like to be prepared whether we are home or on the road. I have a Braun ThermoScan® Ear Thermometer in my son’s bedside table for when I need it and have a second one stashed in a toiletry bag. That toiletry bag comes with us for weekend jaunts and longer trips to grandma’s house. I don’t have to remember to pack it (or worry that I didn’t) because the spare always lives in that bag!

While you prep for cold and flu season or shower gifts for expectant moms, think about one or both of these great models from Braun.

Braun No Touch + Forehead Thermometer: With this one I don’t even need to touch my kid to take his temperature. So easy! Also, if the thermometer isn’t close enough or is aimed at the wrong spot on his forehead the readout turns red. The screen is a great size and bright enough to read easily. This is a fantastic option when you need to get a read on your child’s temperature without waking them up.

Braun No Touch + Forehead Thermometer
Braun No Touch + Forehead Thermometer

The Braun ThermoScan® Ear Thermometer: We’ve been using this model in our family for years! I also like knowing the Braun ThermoScan® Ear Thermometer is the number one thermometer with pediatricians and moms. The ear canal is the best site to measure a fever because of its close proximity to the eardrum, which shares the blood supply of the brain’s temperature control center.

The Braun ThermoScan® Ear Thermometer
The Braun ThermoScan® Ear Thermometer

While gearing up for the winter season, be sure to get these Braun thermometers and all of your Winter wellness needs at

For a chance to win two Braun thermometers and a $50 Amazon gift card to help round out your flu survival kit, please enter the giveaway widget and leave a comment below sharing how your family prepares for flu season

Braun’s Giveaway Includes:

  • $50 Amazon gift card
  • Braun ThermoScan Thermometer
  • Braun No Touch + Forehead Thermometer

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Braun. The opinions and text are all mine.


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