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Smart Diaper Offers Real-Time Baby Health

Smart Diaper Offers Real-Time Baby Health

Babies may not be able to talk, but their urine can. If approved by the FDA, the "Smart Diaper" will send information on a baby's urine to a parent's Smart phone to be analyzed for infection or dehydration.

“Maybe in select cases where you have a young child with a known condition where it is helpful to monitor the urine at home, this could be a potential benefit in that situation,” says Dr. Stan Spinner the chief medical officer at Texas Children's Pediatrics.

However, Spinner believes "Smart Diaper" could actually do more harm than good.

“With people being able to 'Google' everything instantly, the number of phone calls we get has risen sharply because when you look at side effects of Tylenol, it can be quite scary,” Spinner tells KTRH News.

“When we talk about what to look for in babies or children, and tell parents what to monitor, they can take that to a higher degree than necessary and cause a lot of unnecessary concern,” he says.

Spinner believes mobile health technology is a good thing, but only under close supervision.

 

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