Lately, we've had an unusual bout with illnesses in our home. In January, all four "babies" caught RSV. I blogged about that in my birthday post but what I haven't talked about yet (basically because I'm drowning over here y'all) is that in February, we got hit again. This time, it was a common cold (rhinovirus) but all in all, it was a doozy of one. So much that it ended up putting our Baby C in the hospital! (I'll blog about that later when I feel that I'm recovered from the trauma of all that went along with that.)
Today, I want to introduce you to my cool new friend. Ladies and gentlemen, I’d like you to meet TempTraq – the world’s only wearable, wireless thermometer in the form of a soft, comfortable patch. Temp Traq has been featured on TODAY, in TIME and The Wall Street Journal. It’s designed to ease parents’ and caregivers’ worries by continuously monitoring body temperature for 24 hours. It even sends alerts to mobile devices through the specially designed, free TempTraq app. (Seriously, how cool is that?) Temp Traq was awesome enough to send me four single-use patches to try out on the quads and during our bout with RSV, I was no only excited to test them out, I ended up being so grateful for having them!
I'll admit, I was nervous about trying out a gadget like this with my sick babies BUT, I also admit that I HATE my traditional thermometer and the fact that I often have to take multiple readings before I get an accurate temperature.
If you've ever had a sick child before, you know the stress that entails. For me at least, with four sick children at once, it's pretty much guaranteed that I will go days with little to no sleep at all. So, when given the chance to have one less thing to worry about (fevers), I jumped.
After a nice warm bath with Johnson's Vapobath to try to open up airways, I decided that I didn't want to be up all night checking for fevers. I pulled out the box that had been sitting in the cabinet for a couple months but hadn't had the opportunity to be used yet. I read through the directions and it seemed pretty clear. Open the pouch, press down on the button to activate the unit, connect it to my phone via BlueTooth, enter my child's information, and prepare to sit back and have actual temperatures sent straight to my phone in an easy to read format that can even been sent to our pediatrician via email. I was even able to set up alerts so that I would receive a notification on my phone when one or more babies temperatures exceeded a number that I set! Seriously? Why aren't they using these in hospitals yet? Do you know how many times I was woken up the night we spent in the hospital with Baby C for temperature and blood pressure?
Really y'all, it was that easy. I applied the patch to each baby just as the directions say with a specific corner in their armpit. I put them all in zippered pajamas to prevent them from messing with it and down they went! A few minutes after they were in their beds, I sat down on the couch and watched the Temp Traqs do their magic and had temperatures populated in easy-to-read charts on my phone. There was no going in and waking up sleeping babies to check their temperatures. There was no worrying in my mind about what if fevers were returning. I had peace of mind all night long! It was bliss!
Now, I will admit. Baby B didn't take very well to the "sticker" being under her arm. I had to go in a couple of times before she fell asleep and retrieve hers from under her crib and reapply it. I'm not sure if this was a phase or if she truly was more sensitive than the other. She didn't have any "reaction" or rash where the sticker was so I feel like it was more her decision to take it off than anything. The patches are able to be reapplied and they did stick almost as well as the first application when I had to restick them.
|Baby B trying to hide from the thermometer.|
Obviously, this is an electronic gadget so you aren't going to want to get it wet so if you need to bathe in between applications, you gently remove it and then just reapply. Each patch is good for 24 hours and then you just throw it away and start over again with a new patch. It really is as easy as it sounds!
You can learn more about the product and order your own at www.temptraq.com and as a special incentive, my readers can use the code LotsOBabyLane to receive 10% off their order!
Overall, I loved my experience with the Temp Traq single use thermometer patch. This is definitely a product we would use in our home. I'd love to hear your thoughts. Is this a product you'd be interested in trying?
*** DISCLOSURE: I was not financially compensated for this post. I did receive samples of the product for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based upon my experience.