When my firstborn Danica was a baby I was still working and we had her in a daycare center. When she was about 6 months old she started at the center and immediately started catching what we jokingly referred to as the “disease of the week”. There were so many illnesses with so many kids at the center that we never knew what she would catch next. All of the colds and flues quickly turned into ear infections for Danica. She was sick A LOT. She kept spiking fevers and having ear infections. When she was about 1 year old she had tubes put into her ears and still the infections and spiking fevers continued. I finally quit my job to take her out of daycare because she always seemed to be sick and I felt like it was not fair to my coworkers to be leaving work constantly and I felt she would be better off home with me.
Soon after quitting work we learned that Danica actually had Vesicoureteral reflux, a condition which causes urine to flow backwards through her ureters into the kidneys causing Kidney infections. This was just one of the reasons she was spiking fevers of 104-105 degrees often causing us to rush to the ER on many occasions. When she was 2 years old she had surgery to correct the condition and has been healthy ever since. That first year and a half with her was a definite learning period for my husband and I about thermometers, humidifiers, fevers, colds, flu, etc.
I was extremely happy when Vicks sent me their Starry Night Humidifier (MSRP $54.99) to try out recently. We have used a humidifier when our kids get sick since those first days battling the “disease of the week” with Danica. I love the Vicks humidifiers as they have a spot for a Vicks scent pad which I find so relieving for myself and the kids when fighting colds. Humidifiers are great for so many reasons, they:
- help temporarily relieve congestion and cough
- help keep throat and nasal passages hydrated
- help you breathe better and sleep more comfortably
- help temporarily relieve dry nose, flaky skin, chapped lips and general dry air discomforts
- help reduce static electricity shocks
- help prevent dry out damage to plants, furniture and paintings
We have currently placed the humidifier in our 10 month old Delaney’s room as she is the one who seems to need it most right now. My entire family has been fighting a cold for the past few weeks and the cool mist vapor seems to bring relief to Delaney. I have never had a humidifier like this before as it produces an invisible mist. It has really nice quiet operation and I love that the 1 gallon tank lasts up to 24 hours without requiring a refill. Our previous humidifier would often run out of water halfway through the night and blow dry air which I felt made it worse.
The Vicks Starry Night humidifier as a filter which traps minerals and other impurities from being blown back out in the mist. It also features two output settings and a Starry Night projector which operates independently from the humidifier. I don’t think Delaney really appreciates the projector yet, but my other kids LOVE it and think it is great. They can’t get enough of the rainbow of color changing stars. I am sure as Delaney gets a little older she will find it soothing to fall asleep looking at the stars on her ceiling. We recieved the pink version, but it is also sold in purple, green, and blue.
Vicks also has 2 other humidifiers which are new for 2013:
- Vicks FilterFree Cool Mist Humidifier (V4600) – Children and adults alike can now experience relief from cold and cough symptoms through the use of a humidifier that requires no filter! Offering hassle-free maintenance and operation, the new Vicks FilterFree Cool Mist Humidifier is convenient to use, easy-to-clean, ultra-quiet and offers a 1.2 gallon tank which can run for up to 30 hours between fillings. The unit’s rubber feet take the worry out of scratching delicate surfaces.
- Vicks Warm Mist Humidifier (V750) – Featuring a soft glow nightlight and automatic shut-off for added safety, the new Vicks Warm Mist Humidifier heats water to produce a 95% bacteria-free steam vapor, releasing moist, warm air for fast, soothing relief from pesky cold and flu symptoms affecting airways and nasal passages.
We also received the Braun Forehead Thermometer (MSRP $51.99). With all of my experiences with Danica and her fevers I was anxious to try out this thermometer. We have used A LOT of thermometers in this house from oral to rectal to ear thermometers with varying degrees of success. Often we would find one we liked and then the batteries would die and they would be some crazy kind of batteries we don’t have on hand when we need them. Or the thermometers would be so terribly inconsistent that we just didn’t know what to believe.
So far I have been extremely pleased with the Braun Forehead thermometer. It is extremely easy to use and easy to read. How it works:
The Braun Forehead Thermometer is designed to measure the temperature of the skin surface over the temporal artery, a major artery of the head. This temporal artery is connected to the heart, offers constant blood flow, and is the only artery positioned close enough to the skin surface to provide an accurate temperature measurement.
The thermometer is used by positioning it on the forehead above the eyebrow and swiping it down to the temple and back while pushing the button. I found that I got consistent results on all 4 of my kids when using it. I did however find that it is very hard to take a temperature on a healthy baby who just wants to grab the thermometer away from me while turning her head. I imagine if she were really sick and lethargic, this would not be as much of an issue. I like the ease of the thermometer as you don’t have to remove any clothing, it reads quickly (under 3 seconds) and can even be used while the child is sleeping. I also REALLY appreciate the fact that it takes 2 AAA batteries which we always seem to have on hand.
The thermometer is extremely easy to read with large numbers with a Fever Guidance feature which helps you understand the meaning of your childs temperature. For a reading of 96.4 – 99.4° F it will show a green display which means acceptable, for a reading of >99.4° – 101.3° F it will show a yellow display which means elevated and for a reading of >101.3 – 108° F a red display which means possible high fever.
This week we will take our baby Delaney to Children’s Hospital as she also has Vesicoureteral reflux and find out if she will need surgery or not. I hope for the best, but know that if need be, they can fix it. (Our 2 year old son also had it, but to a much lesser degree which he actually outgrew). In the meantime, we will continue to use and be thankful for our Vicks Starry Night Humidifier and Braun Thermometer which are helping us through yet another cold and flu season.
Right now Kaz, the distributor of Vicks and Braun is having a contest. You can go Cold and Flu Shop and enter your little one’s favorite object for comfort when in need of an extra dose of TLC. Five of the entrants will win a package of Vicks products including a Vicks Starry Night Humidifier, a Vicks Behind the Ear and a Comfort Flex Thermometer.
One lucky reader will win their choice of the Vicks Starry Night Humidifier, FilterFree Cool Mist Humidifier, Warm Mist Humidifier or a Braun Forehead Thermometer. This is a value of up to $65!
Disclosure: I received samples for purpose of this review however all thoughts remain my own.