Diapers do one thing
beautifully: soak up urine. What more do you want than that?
Apparently, a lot, according
to parents Jennie Rubinshteyn and Yaroslav Faybishenk, who wondered
what their 1-year-old was crying about when seated in the backseat of their
was being paranoid. I couldn't stop asking myself and my husband, 'What is in
her diaper? What's in her diaper?" Rubinshteyn, 35, told ABC
News. Faybishenko responded, "Data is her diaper. Urine is full of so
much health information."
That was the start of their family business: Smart Diapers. No,
it’s not like Huggies smart diapers, which tweet when it’s time for a change.
Instead, this couple invented a disposable diaper that analyzes a child’s
urine, and it works a lot like those sticks you pee on at the doctor’s office. For
instance, through chemicals, the diaper can track health problems as they
unfold, from urinary tract infections to kidney infections and more.
That comes at a price: The diapers
will cost 30 to 40 percent more than regular diapers. At this point, they’re still in the testing
phase and not for sale. But on the bright side, you don’t have to use them more
than once a day, if that. In fact, Ari
Brown, a pediatrician and author of Expecting
411 warns, "I am not sure you need this for the average kid. I'm not
confident this a useful screen for a bladder infection because it's not a clean
specimen. Also, for these highly anxious parents, I am not sure it will be
reassuring. It might be alarming, in fact."
Faybishenko says the whole point of their plan is to not to alarm parents, but
give them peace of mind. "What we want to build is protection that's
unobtrusive and integrates with a parent's work flow," said Faybishenko.
"It speaks up when there is a reason to be concerned. It is something that
stays silent most of the time, but speaks up when you need to take your child
to a doctor."