Soren is the one at our house that gets really worked up when someone gets a rash or a cut or a bug bite or when someone won’t stop fussing when they don’t feel well. He thinks I’m crazy, but I rarely flip out and I’m much more likely to pull out the Tylenol or the Cortisone cream and see how things look in a few hours. I don’t like not knowing what’s wrong, but I don’t like to cry wolf at the doctor! So when CellScope approached me about a product they designed for moms like me, I was seriously excited.
Introducing the Oto. The Oto is a smart device that transforms your iPhone into an ear checker tool. Dream come true right?!? The Oto allows parents to capture a video of their child’s eardrum and get an immediate answer about a possible problem from a trusted pediatrician right to their phone. Instead of going to the doctor because your baby has been fussy for a few days and you think it could be an ear infection, you can first get a doctor’s opinion at home. You’ll know before you set an appointment whether things are serious and you may find out you don’t even need to go in. You can also choose to monitor an ear infection from home to possibly avoid antibiotics.
CellScope sent me an Oto to try and although none of my kiddos were down and out this week, we did a test run of the exam and learned about the Seymour app that works with the Oto. Baker did a great job and held surprisingly still. Although when he really does have a possible ear infection I’m sure I’ll need Soren to help hold him while I do the ‘exam’.
The Seymour app is the app that connects you with their network of board certified pediatricians. Seymour allows parents to share an ear video captured with the Oto for an evaluation in under 2 hours. You can also ask Seymour’s doctor network about nonear related concerns (skin rash, allergies, diaper rash, warts, pinkeye.) Living in Missouri we have a lot of bugs and irritating plants so rashes and bites are a real thing at our house, especially in the Summer.
The app was really easy to use. You just create a profile for your kiddo and select what concern you will be taking a picture or video of. If you are scoping the ear the app has a great guide to help you see exactly what the doctor’s need to see. You can always retake the photo or video as well. The first health concern that you submit is free and then each submission afterwards is $10- which is so much cheaper than a false alarm doctor’s appointment!
This device certainly isn’t going to take the place of our family doctor, nor should it, but I do think it could be really helpful when time is tight (always!) and we aren’t sure what is going on with one of our little guys. If your kiddo gets frequent ear infections or you are (or are married to) a big worrier, this might be just the thing to give you some peace of mind.
The app is free and the Oto is only $79. Plus you can use code ONELITTLEMOMMA to get 15% off your Oto purchase.
I’m excited to have this tool in my mom healthcare toolbox and I hope this is helpful for you too. I am constantly amazed at the technology that is out there and I love when something so smart comes my way so that I can share it with you too.
*I was compensated for this post, but my opinions and excitement are all my own.