Food allergies affect between four and six percent of children in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) which also reports that, “Children with food allergies are two to four times more likely to have asthma or other allergic conditions than those without food allergies.” With so many children facing serious health threats, even more so in densely populated environments like schools, it’s important that caregivers have a way of preventing inadvertent harm.
InVitalShare, “a website and mobile app that allows parents to share their child’s vital care information with caregivers,” ensures allergy information is up to date and available to all of a child’s caregivers, according to their campaign.
Parents create a profile for their afflicted child with stats like name, age, height and weight in addition to specific allergies and triggers. The app also allows parents to enter foods the child can and can’t eat, restaurants and menu items that are safe and emergency protocol. This information can then be emailed to a caregiver who can view it online or on a mobile phone.
Those using the app will have access to the information, regardless of Internet access. Though focused on allergies, the app can also be used for general childcare, pets or elder care. It will be a subscription service, for less than $5 a month, and free to caregivers.
Based out of Baraboo, Wis., InVitalShare has a fundraising goal of $143,000.
You can support InVitalShare on Indiegogo.
As one of MedTech Boston's editorial interns, Lisa covers events, contributes photography and feature stories to the site and manages social media. She recently received her Master of Science in Journalism from Boston University. Lisa also earned her Bachelor of Arts from BU, with a degree in English and Philosophy. She has written for multiple campus publications, in addition to interning at Boston magazine.
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