Being a parent is a full-time job with no breaks! You get to be on your toes all day long, catering to hundreds of aspects of your child’s life. Their health is a primary concern. As the pandemic continues to unfold, hospital waiting rooms are still risky for non-emergency visits. As a parent, now is the time to consider telemedicine.
What is telemedicine?
It’s the year 2021, and telemedicine is no longer a foreign concept. The COVID19 pandemic further reinstated that telemedicine is here to stay. Telehealth refers to a system in which medical services are delivered remotely. There are two different aspects of telemedicine. Virtual visits refer to setting up a live, two-way, audio-visual communication with a doctor. This enables the doctor to speak with the patient uninterruptedly and examine their symptoms on call. On the other hand, remote patient monitoring uses a number of digital tools to collect medical data from a patient and send it over to a healthcare provider for further examination.
How to prepare for a virtual health session?
As a parent, a lot of homework goes into setting up a virtual healthcare appointment. Please be wary of the fact that your baby won’t sit for too long. Try and get the doctor to examine the child immediately after the virtual session starts. You can run through your questions if your child gets distracted. Make sure both the parents are present during the consultation. Write down the questions in advance, so you don’t miss out on any of your concerns or don’t blank out.
Before the session commences, make sure you have collected all the required accessories beforehand. You don’t want to rummage through the drawers when the doctor asks you to check the child’s temperature. Choose a good spot for the call where the doctor can hear and see you well.
It’s also a good idea to test your tech beforehand. Call up a friend or a family member before the session to make sure the video call app works fine. You also need to check whether a laptop or smartphone will work best for your child. If your child is dealing with rashes or bruises, take high-resolution pictures of them before the call commences.
How to choose the right telemedicine service?
If you’re unsure about a certain online telehealth service, you can always test it out. They’re extremely affordable, there are no waiting lines, and you don’t need to worry about other sick kids in the ER. Try out a service, starting with basic issues like feeding and sleeping patterns. Take it forward only if you’re satisfied.
Disclaimer: The content and information provided in this blog and any linked material on this website are not intended as or should not be construed as professional medical advice, treatment, or diagnosis. Always seek the advice of qualified healthcare providers or your physician for any questions and concerns regarding specific medical conditions or before making a decision regarding your personal healthcare.