How to Be the Best Patient: Give the Doctor What He Wants #VZWBuzz

KinsaRight now my littlest one has pneumonia and its such a sad sight to see him like this. He’s battling a fever with runny nose and a cough that sometimes turns into vomiting.  All I want to do is snuggle with him and make him feel better. Usually by this time my home is a mess. I’ve got thermometers every where (Type A mom that needs several readings each time), I’m always scrambling to find a piece of paper to quickly jot down what his temp is and if, what medications I gave him.  What results is little random scraps of papers here and there, tissues, piles of dirty clothing all over the place, dishes piling up in the sink, etc. When I call our pediatrician I’m always scrambling to find all the sheets of papers, recall what I did and when. It’s not the systematic organization that I like and am use to. It’s chaos! I am okay with it for the most part because I know it’s only because one of my babies is sick and he’s my first priority. After each and every time though I always remark that I need a better system to keep everything organized. I’ve tried notepads, putting into my ever favorite Evernote app, trying to rely on my memory, none quite perfect.

I’m such a gadget person and my phone is never far from my reach so when I discovered the Kinsa Smart Thermometer it was love at first sight. It is everything I ever wanted in a thermometer.  With its free app on both iPhone and Android, the Kinsa thermometer connected to your phone, records temperature readings, symptoms, allows your to add notes and even add a photo if you’d like.

WHAT WE LOVE:

  • Super easy to set up and install
  • Multiple profiles for everyone in your family
  • Various methods – Oral, Armpit and Rectal
  • Fun bubble popping game for kids while collecting reading
  • Super fast under 10 second reading
  • iPhone app and Android app are identical, no learning curve needed.  I tested the Kinsa Thermometer on both my iPhone 6 (video below) and Motorola Droid Turbo (image attached) with no issues.

ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT:

  • the ability to add notes right from the reading. Currently you have to go back and edit the reading to add additional information or a photo.
  • have its own branded probe covers, outfitting other branded probe covers require some adjustments. Being the Type A mom, I want to know I am getting the absolute correct reading each and every time.
  • room in the carrying case for probe covers, making it the perfect travel thermometer.

I love having all the information it collects all in one place, at the exact time with all the information my doctor wants to know.

WHAT DOC WANTS TO KNOW:

  • What’s the child’s temperature?
  • What method did you use to obtain the temperature? Oral, Temporal, Ear, Armpit, Rectal? If I can use the same method each an every time, that is most helpful in providing the doctor with accurate and consistent readings. Occasionally I may collect an additional reading with a different method, but I give my doctor both readings for that time.
  • What are the child’s symptoms?
  • What medications or interventions have you provided already?

With the Kinsa Smart Thermometer and my phone, I have all that information right at my fingertip. I love how my mobile phone is helping to make my life easier and more organized, especially when it comes to my kids health.

GIVEAWAY

One (1) lucky Mom Confessionals reader will win their very own Kinsa Smart Thermometer and will be on their way to a more organized health history! All entries contained within the widget, GOOD LUCK!

{ disclosure: I received a sample of the Kinsa Smart Thermometer at my request for review and utilized my Motorola Droid Turbo I received as part of the Verizon Lifestyle Blogger network.  No compensation was received for this review.  Amazon Affiliate links are included in this post. As always, all opinions expressed here are my very own. }