I recently had the opportunity to sit down to lunch with a group of moms and Dr. Meg Meeker. Dr. Meeker is a pediatrician, mother, blogger, and author of several parenting books.
We met at Fork in Philly, had a fantastic lunch, and then Dr. Meeker gave a very informative talk while showing off some of the latest health gadgets by Vicks and Kaz USA.
This luncheon was very timely for me. We just got over 2 months of back and forth illness and it’s been driving me crazy. Having a temp of 104 really SUCKS! And having a significant other than complains of being sick at the same time when the thermometer never read above 99 causes severe bouts of eye rolling.
So yeah, speaking of temperatures, one of the things Dr. Meeker showed us was the new Vicks Behind Ear Thermometer made by Kaz USA.
Let me tell you, it took me FOREVER to find a thermometer I was comfortable with before ending up with our Braun ThermoScan IRT-4520 also made by Kaz USA. I don’t even want to think about how much money I spent on other thermometers that just didn’t work. So after all the research I did on our thermometer (and all the money spent) I was initially a little blasé about the idea of a new thermometer.
But there were some definite PROS to the Vicks Behind Ear thermometer that I immediately liked.
1. No disposable tips which saves money in the long run.
2. Easy color-coded back light.
- Green = normal
- Yellow = low-grade or slightly elevated temp
- Red = FEVER
3. Memory feature which saves the last 8 temperatures taken.
4. Non-invasive. Meaning it doesn’t need to be stuck inside any body part, mouth, rear-end, or ear. This may be especially important to extra sensitive children.
If shopping for a new thermometer today, the Vicks Behind Ear thermometer would definitely be on my radar due to these features.
Other things we learned during our Cold and Flu chat:
What’s the difference between a Cool Mist and Warm Mist humidifier?
Really there isn’t much difference. They are both equally effective in humidifying the air. It comes down personal preference or DR recommendation. Also, I probably wouldn’t put a warm-mist humidifier within reach of a roaming and inquisitive child for fear of burn.
Vicks has 2 newer humidifiers. The Vicks Starry Night model has a projector transforms your room into a starry night sky. Cool! The Vicks Germ-free model has an Ultraviolet light chamber that kills 99.9% of bacteria, mold, and spores that may be in the water. Both models let you put Vicks scent pads on them for soothing scents.
Personally, I like idea of the germ-free one better even though the stars are pretty cool. I always hesitate to use a humidifier because I have that old-school fear that I am just spreading germs around. The UV light would give me a little piece of mind.
What is a Hygrometer?
We were all asked if we had a hygrometer. My response was pretty much a big fat, “huh?”
A hygrometer is a little device that tells you the humidity level in your house! The Vicks HealthCheck Hygrometer tells you both humidity level and temperature.
One study has suggested there may be a correlation between flu virus survival rate in the air and on surfaces and low humidity levels. The study concludes that relative humidity levels between 40-60% are ideal. Having a hygrometer would let you know if the humidity levels in your house have fallen outside this range.
All in all, lunch at the Fork was lovely. Got to chat with moms while the kids played in another room and learned some things. The best advice from Dr. Meeker to parents? Use all the tools you want, they certainly help, but TRUST YOUR GUT! Ultimately, you know your child best so if your gut is telling you something is wrong listen to it.
Finally, I have to give a big THANK YOU to Mommy Entourage for picking me up when I was greeted by a flat tire on my way out the door. Another thank you to Dr. Meeker for sharing her wisdom and giving me a signed copy of The 10 Habits of Happy Mothers. And of course, a huge THANK YOU to Vicks & Kaz for providing lunch and great parting goodie bags that included some of the gadgets mentioned above!