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Important Note: This article is for informational purposes only; not intended for treatment or diagnostic purposes. Individuals should always consult with their healthcare providers.
There are lots of exciting new devices and methods being introduced in the world of pediatrics. They take time to create, and even longer to prove that they’re safe and effective. The more you know, the more informed the conversations will be with your doctor when it’s time to make important healthcare decisions for your family.
A major worry for parents as their children transition to solid foods is the development of an allergy. They can be dangerous, and it’s disheartening when you can’t share great tasting foods like peanuts or strawberries with your child.
Treating an allergy uses a process called immunotherapy. This involves exposing a patient to small amounts of an allergen a little bit at a time, usually by receiving lots of injections. A new tactic, called sublingual immunotherapy, uses “allergy drops” to place a bit of allergen under the tongue where the body has a high amount of antigen cells. This is an easy and affordable method. Always ask your healthcare provider before trying any new treatments, especially when it comes to allergies!
It probably seems obvious now, but telemedicine has caused a huge revolution in healthcare.
You can easily reach a physician any time, and often they can provide a diagnosis or even a prescription. For new mothers who often aren’t sure how serious a symptom is, but also don’t have the time to constantly visit their pediatrician, telemedicine is a game changer. It’s allowed for faster interventions and shared peace of mind.
You may have heard by now about cord blood banking and the potential benefits that come with collecting and saving the stem cells from your newborn baby’s umbilical cord. While cord blood stem cells aren’t new to medicine, the recent applications for them are. Over the last few years the applications of cord blood have expanded beyond transplant medicine into a new area of called regenerative medicine.
Regenerative medicine uses living cells to repair and heal damaged cells caused by disease, genetics, injury or simply aging. Research in regenerative medicine is ongoing. Current clinical trials are using cord blood to help kids with autism and cerebral palsy – conditions once thought untreatable.
The potential of medicine will keep growing as doctors and researchers continue to innovate and make advancements. Saving your baby’s cord blood stem cells with our partner, ViaCord, is a powerful way to think forward about your family’s future health, and the potential of medical innovation.
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