Forhead and ear thermometers
Since we removed mercury thermometers, which were the most reliable but unsafe, to bring in mercury, which is toxic, parents navigate between thermometers trying to find the most reliable and fast, with the intention to know as soon as possible temperature our babies, who do not wear very well to keep fixed underarm thermometer in a position, but with the confidence of knowing that the measurement is correct.

There are several digital thermometers that promise the same thing, reliability and speed, the best known, and I would say the most gifted to new parents, ear thermometers, and forehead, which give the baby’s temperature in a few seconds. Now, are they reliable? Are they a revolution or are a failure? Are they the best baby thermometer?

How the ear and forehead thermometers work?

Ear thermometers and forehead (some only measure the ear, and others measure both) work via infrared. As I have read, it seems that the thermometer is a lens system that captures the infrared energy emitted by our body, does reading and gives us a result.

In the case of the ear, the energy emitted by the eardrum and surrounding tissue is captured. If we talk about the forehead, the energy emitted by the skin through that area is achieved.

Are they dangerous?

If we talk about looking at the front, it is clear that the thermometer is not in any danger because either it gets at a distance from the forehead without touching the baby measurement is performed, or the thermometer carries a lid shaped to support the thermometer on the forehead and then press the button to put it in operation.

If we talk about the ear thermometer takes a cannula, or extensive probe should enter the baby’s ear or child, but full enough to prevent too much and could damage the eardrum or the ear canal.

Are they reliable?

Okay, we know how they work, we are aware they are not dangerous, and only now we need to know if they are reliable, or what is the same if they serve something. I ask for it helps you, because although I’ve tried several, it is possible that you have a different experience to mine with any make or model and can, then, give me the reply.

To us, once we became parents, they gave us one. “What kind gift,” think once, for it seemed a great invention, fast and comfortable for the baby and us. However, the first day we didn’t need because the greatest had a fever, we took a big disappointment.

The child was hot, but when used in “front” Sometimes we say that the child was perfect, and sometimes told us that yes, he had few tenths. So if you probably ear mode, it was that in one ear gave us one thing and the other a different one. This, according to the manufacturers, may be normal, because the presence of wax or dirt on some ear can do that there are variations in temperature. Okay, okay, but then, how I hearing what gives me the most reliable information?

We opted for repeat operation in the ears and each time gave us a different thing. “It will be pressure thing,” I thought. Then I decided to try it myself, knowing he had no fever and observed that if pressed more temperature gave me more, and that if I left I was very loose less. So I managed to find a position more or less stable pressure where I was I sought temperature (36.7 ° C in my case).
The problem is that I knew my temperature and pressure based on looking for the right position, but the baby was upside down, I wanted to know was the temperature, then the correct position and pressure were harder to find. And of course, once you realize that is so variable, we no longer seem reliable.

As a nurse I received the visit of several commercial brands that make these thermometers and although we always they have been “sold” as a revolution, being fast and little annoying, most importantly, it is to be reliable, they have never been able to I prove it.

Once I caught one, which was to hold a few centimeters from my face, and in a few seconds, very fast, amazingly fast, said he was at 38 ° C. Obviously I immediately went to my boss and told him “I’m leaving, I have a fever you can not see.”

Then I reported it to the commercial, which told me I had 38 and I said it was a problem of distance. I tried several different distances. Sometimes he had a fever, sometimes fever and other was perfect. I commented that the thermometer was picking up the temperature of the room and that was not reliable (?).

From that moment I could try some model always with the same result: what in my village is defined as “fails more than a gun fair.”

So, considering the big bucks that cost (between 20 and 40 € on average) and how bad they are, my judgment is that ear thermometers and forehead are in promise, or fiasco, or failure. Come on, I have not been able to find the make and model that works well, so I would not recommend it to my worst enemy.

Now if I tell you yes as you have found one that works well, I beseech ye say, that if I have a chance I’ll prove it.

And so?

Nothing, then we go to the pharmacy, ask them a digital thermometer good, beautiful and cheap armpit and do what we can to entertain the baby or child while you patiently endure. For the moment, no more.


The installation of a vegetable garden or the maintenance of a garden does not necessarily necessitate a very important material but it is preferable to choose well its gardening tools and to make sure that they are adapted to the different tasks to which you The destinies. So take the time to choose your tools according to the size of your garden and the work you will carry out.

– Shears: This tool is part of the scissors family. Several criteria are to consider when choosing your pair of shears. To cut soft wood or young shoots, choose a straight blade. The corrugated blade is better suited for cutting harder branches, or for cutting more irregular hedges.

Note: Handle lining is important for good grip.
– The log saw: This tool is composed of an electric motor or a thermal motor which drives a circular blade of a greater or lesser diameter. This set is called the cutting group. The latter is mounted on a tilting arm which is actuated manually.

Note: For logging, the logs are placed on an easel equipped with an adjustable stop according to the chosen cutting width. Besides, you can use gas powered pole saw for the best result.

– The cutter: Otherwise called a branch cutter, it is ideal for cutting branches of large diameter and presents itself as a large pruning shears with long arms equipped with handles.

Note: There are telescopic cutters with an extendable handle that can be oriented.

– The scraper: Ideal for cutting hard wood or green wood, the scraper is a real telescopic cutter. It can be blades with an open cut or anvil, or with a swivel head for more maneuverability.
– The ax: It is an auxiliary tool that is mainly used for cutting wood. The ax is made of a metal or steel blade, connected to a hardwood handle.
Note: It is advisable to choose a double-curved ax handle to hold the ax firmly. The handle should always be the length of your arm.


– The spreader: The function of this device is to sow or distribute the fertilizers. Whatever the type of spreader, the principle is always the same: seeds or fertilizer balls are placed in a tank at the bottom of which a device disperses them regularly on the surface of the ground. It generally has a cylinder and a dispersion wheel, and is mounted on castors for simple use.

– The rake: A traditional rake consists of a long handle at the end of which is fixed an iron work head equipped with straight or curved teeth. The straight tooth tool lets you level the soil by making it more loose, while the curved tooth model is more suitable for moving gravel.

Note: To collect the leaves, prefer a rake of the “fan” type, because its head formed of several long and thin branches makes it possible to trap the dead leaves and to defoct large surfaces.

– The scarifier: It is a manual, electric or thermal device equipped with a toothed scarifier roller, with claws or with sharp knives. Scarifier means lacerating the plant layer that forms on the surface of the lawn to promote its good growth.

The manual model is reserved for small gardens, because it consists of a work head mounted on wheels and operated with a single handle. The electric and thermal models have the appearance of a mower and have a real working comfort in the grip. They allow the maintenance of large spaces.

Note: Beware of the proximity of an electrical outlet for the electric model.
– Fake: It is a tool composed of a handle, two handles, a blade and an assembly ring. The handle can be made of steel or wood with fixed or adjustable handles. The blades can be short to cut hard stems (brush, brambles, thistles …) or long to cut tender stems (grass and other grasses …)

– Thermal weeder: All models operate according to the same principle. They heat the weed to more than 90 ° and proceed to its elimination while preserving the environment. The weeder may be a direct flame, operating with a gas bottle. It makes it possible to heat the plant without burning it. The thermal model projects water at more than 90 ° in the form of steam or jet. The infrared model uses infrared radiation to produce heat.