Pediatric technologies are essential to our children, and thus, are essential to our future. Pediatric technologies can include everything from new medicine or vaccines, better medical products, screening processes for disease, treating childhood illnesses, and more. With so many exciting developments changing the face of the medical industry, it can be hard to keep abreast — but we’ve collected a few that have popped up recently, that you may even start seeing shortly.
Pacify is a pediatric tech startup in located in Washington, D. C. that has already managed to raise over $1mn in funding. The reason this company started was to address the problem of non-urgent emergency room visits by children under the age of 2. Pacify provides 24-hour video chats to lactation consultants, nurses, and dieticians to answer parent’s questions about their toddlers and infants. The video chat service has already been able to calm the nerves of several parents, but as it was only just released at the end of March, it’s too early to tell how effective it will be.
CareAline is a startup looking to get their product into pediatric wings of hospitals around the world. They manufacture cotton/spandex sleeves used to prevent children from picking and pulling at intravenous and other lines that deliver medicine. It is designed to cover the entrance area of the port, as well as part of the tubing itself to prevent dislodging of the tubing. On top of more obvious concerns, this lowers the risk of infection at the point of entrance — especially important when treating children, who typically have under-developed immune systems, and may also be suffering immune-suppressing illnesses such as cancer. This startup has a very promising outlook, as it has already attracted the attention of Shark Tank entrepreneur Mark Cuban.
Kinsa is a startup focusing on revolutionizing the thermometer — the most commonly used device in the medical world. The Kinsa thermometer connects through a standard headphone jack to Android or iOS mobile devices and works without an LED, processor, or internal battery. It is approved for both rectal and oral use and aims to make taking your child’s temperature significantly easier while it engages children with a mobile app. The app also stores information on temperatures, making it easy for parents to track changes in their child’s temperature when they are sick or teething.
Pixie Scientific is a New York based startup, looking to provide extra insight into health problems before they become severe. They plan to do this by marketing “smart diapers” to both children and adults. The diaper contains a color-changing sensor used to analyze the urine in the diaper. It could indicate dehydration, kidney problems, urinary tract infections, and even type 1 diabetes. To make it affordable, it would be sold in conjunction with regular diapers, as only one “smart diaper” would be needed each day. The diaper itself is oil and chlorine free, making it safe to use with sensitive skin.
Sensible Baby is a Massachusetts-based startup company marketing SmartOne wearable baby monitor. A small device that easily clips onto your child’s clothing, it monitors a variety of things, including the baby’s breathing pattern, posture, movement, and temperature. Once this information is collected, it is sent wirelessly to your smart phone. In addition to using this baby monitor to check on your child, the accompanying app may be able to detect behavioral patterns and provide predictive metrics. For example, the app may let you know that feeding the child within 15 minutes can increase their nap by 45 minutes.
Lautaro Martinez is a freelance writer and professional student who contributes articles and insights into the latest social and tech trends affecting businesses and families in an increasingly inter-connected world.