What are the Prospects of Wearables in Pediatrics?

What are the Prospects of Wearables in Pediatrics?

Healthcare Tech Outlook | Friday, January 15, 2021

FREMONT, CA: The trend of medical wearable devices is now expanding into the realm of pediatrics. The healthcare industry is busy tapping into the potential of wearable devices to enhance the quality and effectiveness of health services in a comprehensive manner. In comparison to adults, managing and monitoring health conditions are tougher in the case of children. In addition to that, children are more prone to falling sick. Thus, medical wearable devices have a lot of scope in enhancing healthcare services in the pediatric department. The following list contains some ways in which wearable devices are changing pediatric care for the better.

• Fun-Filled Rehabilitation Exercises for Children

For many children who suffer from physical ailments that impair the movement of any body part, rehabilitation is a must. However, getting small children to carry out exercises or movement can be a daunting task. This challenge is now being met with innovative wearable devices that can sense and track muscle currents that signal motion. When these devices detect motion, they begin to vibrate. The vibrations encourage children to exercise, making rehabilitation faster and easier. As a result, the burden on care providers as well as parents, also reduces.

• Regular Tracking of Crucial Metrics in Babies

Keeping track of all vital health parameters of a newborn or an infant can be challenging. Be it a major or a minor illness, keeping a check becomes a must in the case of a child. While nurses at hospitals do keep checking, it is not a very reliable practice. With medical wearables, numerous health metrics can now be tracked accurately. This empowers the convenient monitoring of babies during sickness and reduces the burden on healthcare providers.

• Real-Time Notifications During Health Emergencies

With medical devices, it has become possible for healthcare providers and parents to monitor ailing children even as they lead normal lives and go to school. For instance, wearables have been developed to read blood sugar levels in children. These devices are also connected to smartphones used by parents. A child who has diabetes can thus be safe even when not accompanied by care-takers.

A new level of flexibility and control has found its way into pediatric healthcare, thanks to the innovations in medical wearable devices.

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