Smart Diapers Help Parents Seek Information into Child's HealthLauren Jimeson
Want to know your child’s health information based on the urine from their diaper? There’s an app for that. New parents Jennie Rubinshteyn and Yaroslav Faybishenko created a disposable diaper that is able to monitor your child’s health through their urine. The diaper is lined with a dry-reagent panel in the front of the diaper. Parents can scan the diaper (like a QR code) and it will give them health information about their child’s urine.
The app stores your child’s urine information over time and will give insight to such medical conditions such as urinary tract infections, kidney problems, and even dehydration. “What we want to build is protection that’s unobtrusive and integrates with a parent’s work flow,” Faybishenko said. “It speaks up when there is a reason to be concerned. It is something that stays silent most of the time, but speaks up when you need to take your child to a doctor.”
Rubinshteyn holds an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania and has worked in finance while Faybishenko has experience in computer science and health technology. The couple also has two biomedical engineers helping them on the project. While the Smart Diapers are still in the testing phase and won’t be marketed to the general public quite yet, there are a few hospitals around the country that will be trying them out this summer.
While I love the concept that this diaper is able to give a parent information about particular health issues, I know that I might not particularly be a parent that would use the diapers. I am a very anxious person and tend to worry about things that I probably shouldn’t worry about. I could easily become that obsessive mother that is testing the urine and will freak out over the littlest issues.
I am not a doctor and know very little about the medical field, so this app would be giving me information that I might not be able to fully comprehend which could also make me draw erroneous conclusions. I have a pretty good sense when my child is feeling sick or if something is just “off” and that’s when I call up their pediatrician and take them in. I am going to leave the health stuff up to the professionals and not myself.
If the diapers are marketed strictly to health professionals, I think it is a great idea. The Smart Diapers could give doctors more information about their patients in a easy way. I fully support this technology in hospitals and doctors offices, but not at home.
Would you use the Smart Diapers?
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