These devices are being slandered as fake as they struggle to tell the right temperature of a child. This is potentially very dangerous when a child has a serious medical issue that needs to be closely monitored, and the details being given back are wrong.
The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) seized more than 400 fake digital thermometers after raids in Harrow and Oxford, according to BBC News.
Could eBay be to blame too. They work hard to remove all dangerous auctions, but are they removing these potentially dangerous items that could endanger the life of a child.
How can you tell if your thermometer is a fake digital one?
The best thing to do is to be sure to buy one from a respected retailer first. Secondly, if you have one already and you worry it may be inaccurate it is recommended that you use another thermometer alongside in water of the same heat, to check. (As long as you have a waterproof one of course, which most are to the point of the LED screen)