I have a 5 year old autistic son and this is the ONLY thermometer he tolerates. I have tried forehead, underarm, rectal, temple, oral, and this one. This is so gentle and quick that he does not fight when I try to take his temp. It is very accurate, so much that the ER and the doctor both accept the measures from it. It is more sanitary since it has a tiny metal sensor that can be cleaned easily with an alcohol or diaper wipe. It is good at any age. The only issues I have is the directions are not very clear on where to place it. You need to put it in the small indention directly below the part of the earlobe that an earring would go in and point it very sightly towards the back of the head. This will give you more consistent, accurate measures. Also, if it has been sitting in a room that is less than about 75F (24C) then you may want to extend the sensor against your hand for about 10 seconds before turning the unit on to take a temp.
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