As a mom-to-be, you probably already know the basic dos and don'ts when it comes to ensuring healthy baby development. However, the need for special care and attention doesn't stop once the pregnancy comes to an end! Moms and dads alike have to put in a substantial effort to maintain the well-being of their newborns, and diapers may be able to help in the near future.
Multiple sources have reported that a new diaper on the market may be able to collect "data" from the urine released by a child. Essentially, the diaper reveals a QR code once it becomes wet with various colors. This code can be scanned on a smartphone, then sent to a pediatrician who can evaluate it. The color of the patch can identify issues ranging from the development of diabetes to dehydration, according to the Courier Mail.
The start-up company Pixie Scientific is behind the smart diaper, which is still in the developmental phase. It's attempting to raise $225,000 for its campaign and efforts toward the product. So far, $10,000 has been gathered from supporters, according to Mashable.
Is my baby dehydrated?
Babies can be difficult to care for because they can't talk about their needs like adults. However, there are symptoms of conditions such as dehydration that parents can familiarize themselves with to keep their newborns healthy. Some signs of dehydration may include lack of tears while crying, fever and low blood pressure, according to the Mayo Clinic. Babies might also have sunken fontanels, which are better known as the soft spots on their heads.
In the event that your baby is consistently vomiting and won't take fluids, it's in your best interests to contact your pediatrician. He or she can give you the medical attention you need to restore the health of your child and hydrate the newborn.
Breast milk, formula and juice can all do an efficient job at keeping your infant hydrated throughout the day. Certain issues such as the stomach flu may be to blame for dehydration in little ones, which should be diagnosed and treated by a medical expert. Don't hesitate to seek medical attention if you feel that the situation is becoming severe.
How have you maintained the health of your newborn after bringing him or her home? Do you know how to spot signs of dehydration? Leave your feedback in the comments section!