If you’ve ever found yourself late at night in the:
a) hotel room
c) airplane, or
d) all of the above,
with a fussy baby or toddler wondering if it’s:
a) teething pain, or
b) a painful ear infection,
you are not alone (I’m in the “all of the above” camp, myself)! That’s why I was so excited to recently discover the “Oto HOME” by Cellscope, the otoscope for iPhones.
The Oto HOME currently works with iPhone 5 and iPhone 6, using an app that lets you take a video or photo of the ear drum (your camera’s flash works as the light source). You can email the video–or just a photo–to your pediatrician from anywhere you travel and have Internet access (expect your child’s physician to charge some fee to review the photo/video–though it will likely be less than an office visit). Or if you prefer, you can pay $10 to have Cellscope’s network of doctors review your photo and reply within 2 hours (see details on website).
How are parents responding? Very favorably–it’s currently available on back-order only! However, if you get your order in soon, it should ship in December (just in time for holiday travel, we’ll hope!).
The Oto HOME retails for $79 (much less than the traditional otoscopes, which cost hundreds of dollars) and at time of writing is only available through www.cellscope.com.
For more help, remember the “Traveler’s Guide to Ear Infections” included in both Travels with Baby: The Ultimate Guide for Planning Travel with Your Baby, Toddler, and Preschooler and Take-Along Travels with Baby: Hundreds of Tips to Help During Travel… (available in paperback and Kindle/eBook editions).
Related posts and pages:
Shelly Rivoli, author of the award-winning Travels with Baby guidebooks
PSSST! If you’re kids are getting too old for this, check out Family Travel 411.