Coronavirus Babies and Children
During the past few weeks, we are experiencing a stage of containment of a new virus of the Coronavirus family, whose expansion began in China but has progressively reached new countries, as is the case of Italy in the first place and at this time in the entire European continent.
Cases in pediatric age are, so far, very scarce and have a milder symptomatology within what is the diagnosis of COVID-19, as the disease caused by the new strain of Coronavirus is known, but research makes us think that cases in babies and children will grow progressively.
There are no analytical or radiographic alterations that are specific to COVID-19 in children's age.
The symptoms can vary between a mild case of upper respiratory tract, with cough, sore throat and respiratory distress, with or without fever, to severe pneumonia with sepsis.
The milder symptoms usually show nonspecific symptoms, such as fever, cough, nasal mucus, sore throat, headache, muscle, without respiratory distress or dehydration.
When the disease affects the lower respiratory tract, the cough is more evident, respiratory difficulty and accelerated breathing are associated. In more severe cases, the exchange of oxygen decreases and there is a greater respiratory effort, moaning, nasal flutter, retractions in the chest muscles, inability to feed, decreased level of consciousness and intense acceleration of breathing.
In milder cases, whenever there is a history of contact with an infected patient or if the doctor suspects the possibility of the disease, vital signs will be taken immediately to know fundamentally the levels of oxygen in the baby's blood, through a monitor. On the other hand, a chest x-ray and an analytical may be performed in some cases. If bronchodilators are required due to respiratory noises in some patients, they will be used in a pressurized cartridge with a space chamber instead of aerosol, to prevent the spread of the virus by aerosols.
In the most severe cases, microbiological samples will be taken to rule out associated bacterial infection and it is possible to employ more aggressive treatments such as the channeling of veins for medication administration and supplemental oxygen.
There is no specific treatment indicated in COVID-19 infection, so it is essential to follow the recommendations of the doctor and the health institutions in this regard.
How does Liip Smart Monitor help with Coronavirus?
Liip Smart Monitor is the world's first smart bracelet that helps parents take care of their baby.
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Using hospital-tested technology, Liip reliably and real-time detects vital signs involved in baby's well-being and health by analyzing heart rate, oxygen and temperature.
An application called Liip Care, which can be downloaded for free from a smartphone or tablet, will allow parents to record, interpret and store information, alerted only in the event of detection of problems affecting the baby's health or well-being.
Liip Smart Monitor's detection of vital signs that are affected by COVID-19 virus in babies, such as oxygen, heart rate and temperature, make it the most accurate tool to help mothers and fathers to prevent or observe any change in the health or well-being of their baby.
Liip provides users with the Connected Care Platform, for use on PCs and tablets, which stores the data and notifications collected by the bracelet to display them in detailed graphics which can be displayed for the pediatrician. This information provides the medical community with an unprecedented telemedicine tool to accelerate diagnoses and improve care and follow-up.
In the case of the Coronavirus, knowing the evolution of the baby's oxygen levels or temperature over the last few hours provide unparalleled information that we could not have provided otherwise, reducing emergency visits and helping families and pediatric professionals to cope better with this unprecedented health crisis that the world is experiencing.
Today, 3 out of 5 people in the world wear a monitoring bracelet: Apple Watch, FitBit, Garmin… bracelets that measure heart rate and movements and inform us about trivial aspects such as the steps we take, the stairs whether we go up or how we sleep.
Liip Smart Monitor is a monitoring bracelet specialized in babies and much more sophisticated and advanced than any activity bracelet for adults. Reliable detection of blood oxygen, heart rate and temperature provides parents with comprehensive information on the baby's breathing, sleep or thermal comfort.
Dr. Sergio Negre Policarpo MD, PhD
Head of the Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition. UPIQ. Quironsalud Valencia Hospital. Valencia. Spain.
I+D Wearables Inteligentes SL (WISL).
I+D European Sleep Care Institute.
Professor. Catholic University of Valencia - UCV. Valencia. Spain.