Summer is always so much shorter than it seems! Those vacation days are now behind us and it’s once again time to go back to school. Getting up early and attending all the school-related activities are the new normal. Every year we put together a list of apps and gadgets that can help parents get back into the swing of things. Here are a few ideas:
Save time on a quick doctor checkup
Staying healthy is at the top of the list for every family but the odds are not in your favor. It’s simple math. When large groups of people come together such as in schools, germ swapping is likely and the risk of getting sick is much higher. During this season doctors see a rise in all kinds of diseases like ear infections and sore throats to name a few.
Videoconferencing is not new. We do it with our friends and loved ones through Skype, FaceTime, Whatsapp, you name it. Now, you can video conference with a doctor for a quick checkup. The fancy name for it is Telemedicine and Baptist Health South Florida has developed an app called Care on Demand. Using your smartphone or computer, you can now see a doctor 24/7 without leaving the house. The doctor can examine your symptoms via video and make a quick diagnosis. He or she can prescribe medication immediately or send you in for further evaluation.
Better Sleep for kids
If you are like us, you wish your kids would sleep more and wake up in a better mood. There is a phenomenon called sleep inertia, or grogginess, that happens when you wake up from a deep sleep, which also affects kids. The Tick Tock Turtle monitors your
Staying Hydrated for Back to School
We’ve been living through a super heat-wave. Staying hydrated should be at the top of the list for staying healthy. The problem for parents is tracking how much water the kids are actually consuming. The Gululu is a smart water bottle that turns the simple act of drinking water into a fun game. The bottle has a monitor on the side with a video game where your kid can choose a virtual pet that grows and achieves milestones the more water your kid drinks. The bottle is paired up with a personalized app and parents are notified on how much water their kids are drinking. A win-win.
Wishing you a happy, connected and most importantly, healthy school year.