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QR codes could soon bring about smart diapers

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These products could be very helpful to baby health and assists parents with providing proper care.

Although the QR codes on smart diapers aren’t designed to allow you to receive texts, check your emails, or view a website, they can be a very important element in data collection that can promote better baby health.

Though this may not seem like a tremendous problem, wet diapers is one of the largest concerns to infant wellness.

Now, QR code diapers have been created in prototype and, in conjunction with an iPhone app, could represent the future of allowing your baby to urinate without pain and to avoid very uncomfortable health consequences to wet diapers. Many parents aren’t even aware of the danger presented – particularly to girls – when a wet diaper leads to a urinary tract infection.

diaper qr codesThe app and QR codes in the prototype diapers help parents to avoid that problem altogether.

A wet diaper is very bad for the skin and other parts making contact with a little one. That said, many babies and young children are very inefficient both at indicating that their diapers are wet and that there is a health concern that needs to be addressed. It is in this area that the Pixie Scientific smart diaper, which uses QR codes, is designed to help.

According to Yaroslav Faybishenko, the designer of the smart diaper, each product has its own QR code on its fanny. This barcode is surrounded by a number of urine test strips which take samples from the absorbent area of the diaper. Each time the baby wets the diaper, it triggers the test strips from the absorbent area of the product.

The parent can then scan the used diaper QR codes, using the associated iPhone app, in order to read the color of the test strip. The app allows the results from the baby to be tracked and updated regularly. The idea is that monitoring on a day to day basis will be able to allow parents to detect potential urinary tract infections in their babies even when they are quite early and no symptoms – such as irritability and fever – have developed yet.

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About Julie Campbell: Though her true passion is for writing her own fiction novel and holding fundraisers in support of the fight against cancer (as well as donating her hair to that cause in 2011), Julie has created both a name for herself and a successful business in the writing industry. For more than ten years, she has focused her career on capturing the latest technology news, which now includes a particular interest in QR codes and wearable technology.

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