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The Kinsa Ear Thermometer adds smarts to an important basic device for new parents. I decided to try it out with my own son, Idris.

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The Kinsa app (which works with iOS and Android devices) features a simple but flexible layout. You can add multiple profiles to track the health of all your kids.

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The ear thermometer is short enough, and provides readings quickly enough, to keep kids comfortable. My son slept through most of his readings.

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Kinsa sends the readings to your app, so you can compare results with previous patterns. You can also record various symptoms that accompany particular temperatures.

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Kinsa gets a reading in about a second, so even with squirmy kids, it's pretty easy to get a temperature quickly.

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If the app isn't on while taking the temperature, Kinsa saves time-stamped readings and sends them when the app is turned on. Then you can assign them to different children, or delete them.

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Kinsa is primarily used as an ear thermometer, but in certain cases (such as with children prone to ear infections), it can be used in other places.

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You can clean Kinsa with a cotton swab or gauze and rubbing alcohol.

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Once clean, the cap keeps the sensitive probe from damage or contamination.

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The Kinsa Ear Thermometer is available online and at various retail outlets for $60 (about £41 or AU$83).

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