Micro Technology : The Wireless Baby

dr lori gore greenAs new technologies continue to flood the market at an increasingly rapid rate, consumers are faced with the chance to make decisions about what devices they want to include in their homes and those that they can skip. But what does this mean when it comes to technology for your baby?

I wrote earlier on the studies performed on advanced monitoring technology like those found in bluetooth onesies and sleep apnea monitors. These high tech devices monitor a child’s breathing habits, vitals and more. However, in most professional opinions, these devices do not guarantee the prevention of SIDS or necessarily contribute in any significant way to the overall well-being of the infant. These devices cannot replace the attention of a parent to a child. And a parent should not rely on these sorts of technologies as any sort of substitution for actively attending to their child. Instead, these devices should be considered aids in the rewarding and exhausting job of being a parent. While I do not condone the effectiveness or safety of the products listed below, it is interesting to see what kinds of wearable devices and advanced monitoring systems are currently available to assist in the process of child rearing.

Connected Wearables

Dr. Lori Gore - GreenMimo is the most well-known brand to incorporate wearable technologies into infant care. The mimo kimono houses the “turtle”, this is a bluetooth device encased in a plastic turtle covering. This device collects information regarding your baby’s breathing, body position, activity while sleeping as well as monitors the infant’s skin temperature. This information is sent to the “lily pad” which streams data and live audio to the cloud. This information then streams your information to your connected device. This intensive monitoring of vital signs allows you to gain insight into how your child is sleeping.

 

Dr. Lori Gore GreenThe Owlet is another wearable device that provides constant monitoring of a small child. This device is enclosed in the owlet smart sock, and monitors the heart rate and oxygen levels of the infant. Unlike the Mimo kimono, the owlet alerts you only if your baby’s heart rate and oxygen levels are outside the norm. Alerts are sent to both your base station and your phone. The device utilizes hospital grade technology of pulse oximetry while monitoring a child. Again, this is not meant to replace the careful attention of a parent, but instead to aid in the monitoring process.

dr lori gore greenIn the same vein as both owlet and mimo is MonBaby. This is an award-winning baby monitor that snaps onto any article of a child’s clothing. MonBaby monitors breathing movements, body position (on the back or on the stomach), fall detection, proximity removal, but you get to choose which alerts you will receive.

 

Video Monitors

Dr. Lori Gore-GreenWhile baby monitors are nothing new, the form that they have taken as of late is much more advanced than the sound monitors of old that were essentially 1 way walkie talkies. Companies from Sony to Samsung to Motorola are getting in on the chance to provide top-notch monitoring for parents of infants. One of the most advanced connected products in the way of video monitoring devices is the Drop Cam. This system includes a camera to be placed in the infant’s room. The picture quality of the lens is unbeatable, and the wide angle lens surveys a larger area of the room than most baby video monitoring systems. The cloud connected camera then alerts you to noises and movements via an app on your phone, freeing you up from traditional video monitors.

 

In this world of ever changing technologies, it’s worthwhile to at least be aware of your tech choices as a parent, whether you choose to incorporate them into your child’s life or not. It’s also important to remember that nothing replaces a parent’s undivided attention and that these new technologies intended to assist the job of the parent… not replace it. Whether you are considering a new wearable, an advanced video monitor, or a self-warming bottle, remember that none of these can or should replace your attention.

5 Most Frequently Asked Questions About That First OB/GYN Visit

Dr. Lori Gore-Green

There are a lot of myths and misconceptions surrounding OB/GYN appointments. Many people don’t know what to expect, don’t understand why the appointment is important, and don’t know the difference between a Pap smear and an STD test. Dr. Lori Gore-Green has put together this list of the top 5 most frequently asked questions about the first visit so you can make an informed decision and keep yourself in optimal health.

Here are Dr. Lori Gore-Green’s answers to the top 5 FAQs about OB/GYN visits:

When Should I Go? The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends that 13-15 year old girls should start visiting an OB/GYN, even if it’s just to have an initial talk with the doctor. Girls that become sexually active before that age should visit the OB/GYN earlier.

How Do I Prepare? There’s not much you have to do to prepare for an OB/GYN appointment. You should try to avoid douching or having sex for a day or so before your appointment to ensure accuracy on your Pap test results.

What Will Happen At My Appointment? A nurse will begin by giving you a general health check including weight, blood pressure, and sometimes urine tests. Afterward, you’ll need to get undressed for the physical exam, but you’ll be provided with a gown to cover up. Your doctor will ask some questions about your health and then examine your vagina.

What Are They Checking For? The OB/GYN will check the outside of your vagina for any abnormalities and then use a speculum device to check the inside of your vagina and cervix. The idea is to examine your reproductive organs to make sure that everything looks safe and that you are not developing any tumors. You’ll also be given a Pap test (or Pap smear) with a small brush to check for cervical cancer.

Will I Be Tested For STDs? A pap smear is not the same as being tested for STDs. While a Pap smear will test for cervical cancer and abnormalities, an STD test will determine if you have any sexually transmitted diseases. If you are sexually active, your doctor will check you for common STDs by taking a swab of tissue during your exam. This test is fairly comprehensive, but you’ll need to get a blood test to check for HIV.