SEATTLE, Wash. (Ivanhoe Newswire) — Between sore throats, ear infections, fevers, and coughs, kids get sick a lot. On average, babies, toddlers, and preschoolers could get as many as eight colds a year. But now a new device is making it easier for parents to track their child’s health.
Dealing with a sick child can be difficult for any parent.
“If you had to bring them to the doctor in the middle of the night, it was a hassle,” explained Nan Nan Zhang, Principal of Little Scholars International Preschool.
“He had about four times of suspected ear infections, so we took him in for a lot of doctor’s visits. It was just a nightmare to go through the first couple of years of preschool,” said Jane Zhang, CEO and Co-Founder of Remmie Health.
That’s why mom and biomedical engineer Jane Zhang created Remmie Health. With a FDA-listed ear, nose, and throat at-home monitor, users can check, monitor, and track their child’s symptoms. Then through the app, they can connect using zoom with their primary care pediatrician or a 24-7 urgent care doctor.
“We’re following doctors’ instructions. We’re not asking users to do their own diagnosis,” continued Zhang.
Remmie has saved parent and school principal Nan Nan from making unnecessary doctor’s visits.
“Remmie helps us save a lot of time. It’s very convenient,” stated Nan Nan.
Jane says it allows parents to better help doctors.
“Make sure those calls are more effective with the physicians so doctors are able to provide more accurate diagnosis,” shared Zhang.
And help their child.
Remmie monitor and app can be used to observe symptoms for common illnesses such as ear infection, common cold, flu, strep throat, and pink eye. For more information about the device visit remmiehealth.com.
Contributors to this news report include: Milvionne Chery, Producer; Roque Correa, Editor; and Rusty Reed, Videographer.
REMMIE MONITORS KID’S HEALTH
BACKGROUND: A child’s health includes physical, mental and social well-being. Most parents know the fundamentals of keeping children healthy, like offering healthy foods, making sure they get enough sleep and exercise, and insuring safety. It’s important for children to get regular checkups with their doctor as these will monitor the child’s development and also catch or prevent any problems. Children are more susceptible to sickness due to their underdeveloped immune systems and exposure to germs at schools and childcare facilities. Due to this, most children may have 6 to 8 colds a year. Other common childhood illnesses include allergies, skin problems, eye conditions, neurological issues and gastrointestinal conditions. It’s recommended for parents to know the symptoms of common childhood illnesses and how to manage them before they progress to an advanced stage.
WHEN TO SEE A DOCTOR: The first sign of illness in a child and parents tend to seek medical attention right away, but it’s not always necessary to rush to the doctor’s office each time. A fever is one of the most common symptoms reported. A temperature of more than 100.5 degrees Fahrenheit is considered a fever and is the body’s response to infection and implies a healthy immune response. You only need a doctor if an infant is under three months of age, a child three to six months has a rectal temperature of 101 degrees or higher and over six months a rectal temperature of 103 degrees F, or is older than three months and the fever has lasted more than three days. The common cold is spread from person to person via airborne droplets containing the cold virus or by contaminated hands and or objects. Symptoms tend to come on gradually and may include a runny nose, congestion, sneezing, reduced sense of taste and smell, a scratchy throat and cough. See a doctor if the child develops an earache, has a fever over 102 degrees F, becomes exceptionally sleepy, cranky or fussy, a skin rash develops, breathing becomes rapid or labored, or the cough becomes persistent or severe.
HOME REMEDIES THAT WORK: When a child gets sick with a cough or cold, the first reaction is to help them feel better. “Over-the-counter medications aren’t really recommended for kids,” says Hoda Mankal, a primary-care nurse practitioner in Ottawa. “There’s no evidence that they work, and they can actually have some harmful side effects.” Several studies have shown that swallowing one teaspoon of honey about half an hour before bed can help you get a better night’s sleep and settle a cough. Offer small amounts of food and especially liquid like soup, applesauce, juice mixed with a bit of water, and frozen treats like Popsicles. “Saline drops and mists can help because salt loosens the mucus and makes it easier for a child to clear it out of their nose,” says Mankal. You can also get out the suction bulbs to gently clear out their nose. A humidifier in your child’s room can help manage cough and cold symptoms by keeping their airway moist. “There is evidence to suggest that a sponge bath with lukewarm water, combined with Tylenol or Advil, is more likely to bring a fever down within an hour than medication alone,” says Jared Friesen, a family nurse practitioner in Alberta. And, extra pillows to elevate the child’s head will help clear congestion.
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Jane Zhang, PhD
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