We are now on our third child and have had our fair share of feverish kids over the years. I purchased this Vicks digital thermometer with my first, and only recently upgreaded to an Xergen temporal thermometer. I wish I would have just bought and ear or forehead thermometer in the first place. I paid quite a bit less for this Vicks digital thermometer, but I never felt like it was very accurate, and it was a total pain to use. How many sick kids do you know that like to sit still while you hold a pokey object in their armpit for what seems like a very long time? I actually replace the Vicks digital thermometer becuase I thought it was broken. I later found out it was just the batteries (which were a really weird size). I am actually really glad I replaced it becuase the new temporal thermometer I bought is WAY better. It was definately worth the extra money. I would not recommend this thermometer to anyone (unless you can't afford anything else...it's better than nothing).