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The First Smart Feeder for Babies

providing critical health and wellness data to parents and to medicine.

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135 million births per year
15 million premature

15% of all newborns experience feeding difficulty, the cost is high

but still no 21st century feeding tools

 tradition and experience are all we have

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our simple, low-cost, monitor is on its way

we think of it as a smart feeder

Our focus is babies failing to thrive.

Neonatal Intensive Care

NICU patients are the most important beneficiaries of monitored feeding. Feeding difficulties  heavily influence the duration and cost of their care prior to discharge.

 

Oral Feeding Triage

A NICU newborn has to be screened for oral feeding ability so that non-oral feeding methods can be employed when oral feeding is compromised. Currently, this screening is by observation. The Thrive feeding monitor will bring feeding ability into the clinical record and provide a data-driven screening method. Where breast-feeding is the goal, the monitor will enable assessment of the baby’s intrinsic feeding ability so that any difficulties may be more readily attributed to causes.

Progress Monitoring

The Thrive monitor will enable the feeding ability of the infant to be consistently measured and charted using performance data to a level of detail that permits co-ordination, strength and stamina issues to be identified.

Discharge Screening

An important requirement for discharge is full oral feeding, either by breast or bottle. The Thrive monitor will permit the development and application of objective criteria that accelerate discharge and reduce readmissions.

Children’s Hospitals and Birthing Clinics

Full-term babies in robust health are less vulnerable to feeding issues and are likely to be discharged soon after birth. The monitor will definitively confirm feeding health and permit discharge with a higher level of confidence  and lower probability of re-admission. By sending the monitor home with the baby, hospitals will be able to monitor nutrition levels, provide remote medicine and maintain the baby’s medical record automatically.