How to get accurate readings from your Philips Avent ear thermometer

With the Philips Avent ear thermometer you can easily measure your baby's body temperature. Find out how to make sure your readings are accurate.

Perfect conditions

Make sure the measurement conditions for the thermometer are correct:

  • The thermometer is at the same temperature as the room where you are measuring. If not, allow the thermometer 30 minutes to adapt to room temperature.
  • The infrared sensor is clean. If not, clean it and wait 10 minutes.
  • The ear canal is free of wax. If not, clean the ear and wait 5 to 10 minutes.

Wait 30 min. when:

Also wait at least 30 minutes before taking the temperature:

  • If the ear has been covered
  • If the person measured has been exposed to very low or very high temperatures
  • If the person measured has been swimming or bathing
  • If the person measured wears earplugs or hearing aids - remove them first

Try another ear in case:

We advise you not to use the device if you are using ear drops or other ear medication. In this case, measure the temperature in the untreated ear (if possible).

Position the ear thermometer correctly

Hold the outer ear and gently pull it towards the rear of the head to straighten the ear canal.

  • Children under the age of 1: hold the outer ear and gently pull it straight back. (Fig. 7)

  • Children aged 1 year or older: hold the outer ear and gently pull the ear up and back (Fig. 8).

Insert the probe tip very gently and slowly into the ear canal (Fig. 9).

  • Make sure the probe tip points straight towards the eardrum when you hold it (Fig. 10).
  • Always insert the probe tip into the same ear, in the same direction and at the same depth.

Note: If you do not point the probe tip towards the eardrum (Fig. 11), the measurement result will be inaccurate.

The information on this page applies to the following models: SCH740/86 .

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