This BD digital thermometer was given to me as a gift when my son was born. My previous thermometer was a Braun Thermoscan ear thermometer and I hated it. It made a loud clicking noise when you pressed it for a reading and the readings were very inconsistent on temperatures that were taken even minutes apart. I was a little unsure of using a standard oral thermometer on a squirming child but to get an accurate reading it was worth a try.
The BD digital thermometer is simple and easy to use, even on small children. It has one green button you push which is the on/off switch. To use it press the button, wait for the numbers on the front to reset and you are ready to go. It can be placed under the tongue or in small children under the arm. The numbers on the digital reader are constantly displayed as the temperature increases. When it is done which is usually a minute or less, it beeps in succession several times. The display is clear and easy to read but the only downfall with this model is that the dial is not illuminated so you can not use it in a dark room.
The thermometer turns itself off after several minutes to save the battery life. It is the only one we have used in our home for years and the battery is still going strong. It comes with a hard plastic case which the probe slides into and locks on it to protect it from damage.
To help keep the thermometer clean and stop the spread of germs, I suggest investing in a box of thermometer covers. They are a disposable plastic sheath that slides onto the thermometer and keeps it clean. When you are done taking the temperature, simple toss it in the trash.
If you are looking for a digital thermometer you can trust that is accurate and long lasting, I highly recommend you try a BD.
Update On Mar 31, 2010: H1N1 has popped up again here in my State. Make sure you have all the supplies you need on hand now just in case it strikes you.