I bought this thermometer as my daughter hates the in ear ones as she suffers with ear ache. You have to take the temperature by swiping across the forehead. You have to take it three times. Its not very consistent and i find its not as accurate as my other thermometer. It can also be really quite difficult to get a reading at all sometimes. It does show if the child has a high temp but not so much for a lower temperature. It lights ip green for ok, amber for raised temp and red for high which is really good especially if you are a first time parent and confused as to what is and is not a temp. It is quite expensive and personally i prefer my other thermometer so i would not recommend it.