4 Pediatric Health Trends

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The world of medicine and healthcare is constantly changing as new treatments and technologies are developed. This is especially true of medical trends that affect children. Here are four trends in medicine that affect your kids that are happening right now.

  1. Changing the approach to preventing peanut allergies. In the past, exposure to peanuts was limited for young patients who were thought to be at high risk of developing peanut allergies. Now, new research shows that exposing these children to peanuts at a young age may actually prevent allergies from developing, the opposite of previously held belief. Consult your primary care physician for more information.
  2. Increased access to care and insurance. As the Affordable Care Act has gone into effect, and, more kids will have access to health and medical care. This could mean that more kids will get quality healthcare, leading to healthier kids overall as care expands.
  3. Enhanced communication with pediatricians. The Internet has revolutionized our society, and has also revolutionized medicine. Web-based health portals will give you increased access to your pediatrician. This might mean that in the future, you could go online and get medical advice, and even a prescription from your own doctor to help treat your child when they’re sick without having to leave the comfort of your home. Services like My IU Health will make care more accessible than ever.
  4. More data, healthier outcomes. As doctors gain better tools to collect and share data, they will be able to use that information to improve health outcomes for kids. In addition, combined with the aforementioned communication tools, parents will have access to more information on their kids’ health than ever. This means they and their doctors will be able to take even better care of their kids.

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