How can telemedicine serve as a blessing in treating neonates

Telemedicine not only can save the life of a child but can also be a tool in nurturing the relationship between the parent and the children

The first month from its birth, the health of a neonate is extremely crucial and needs complete parental attention. During this period, several babies might face health issues like respiratory problems, sepsis, low birth weight, infections and low blood sugar.
Sepsis, birth asphyxia or low birth weight are the main reasons for the death of almost 1 million babies in India every year. As per the study, it can be said that the reasons behind this lack of health awareness is due to lack of in-person assistance and the costly affair of the healthcare provider.
With the introduction of the concept of telemedicine, it has been easy to access doctors from anywhere in the world. Similarly, the services of telemedicine can be extremely useful in handling immediate health issues of the neonates just through a simple audio-visual conversation with the available doctor.
There are several factors that add to the positivity of using telemedicine for a neonate's check-up or consultation.
Telemedicine not only allows healthcare providers to diagnose and treat but also the family and care providers of the babies to feel comforted and convinced by seeing or meeting the doctor online.
The basic one is that it provides timely access to specialized care. Time is the biggest thing that can turn things upside-down during times of emergencies. During telemedicine sessions, one does not have to wait in long queue and travel long distances. Remote monitoring is useful in the neonatal stage and allows neonatal specialists to monitor patients and communicate with their families.
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Telemedicine not only allows healthcare providers to diagnose and treat but also the family and care providers of the babies to feel comforted and convinced by seeing or meeting the doctor online.
Sine telemedicine can give one the freedom to talk to the physician from anywhere in the world, so it is not necessary that one has to come to the hospital to visit the doctor.
This reduces the chances of infection. It is very important for children and neonates as they have a low immunity level and are prone to infections.
Tele-medicine is also a very important method to stay connected with the doctors after the patients are discharged from the hospitals. In case of the neonates, telehealth programs can result in increased parental self-efficiency and breastfeeding rates, which can have positive implications for the long term.



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