SIDS, Hypoxia, Arrhythmia

Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) is the leading cause of fatalities for babies under one year old; SIDS is most likely to occur between 2 and 4 months of age, 90% occur by 6 months of age and decreases towards zero after one year . It occurs more often in winter months, with the peak in January. There is also a greater rate of SIDS among Native and African Americans. Premature birth increases the risk of SIDS by about 4 times.

Hypoxia and arrhythmia are two of the current leading suspects for causing SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome or crib death). Another factor is related to sleep arousal or inability to sense oxygen deficiency and carbon dioxide build-up in the blood. SIDS is unpredictable and can occur any time to infants under one-year old. If your baby is in the high risk category or you want to have a peace of mind, get a baby sleep monitor. Get an baby pulse oximeter configured for infant monitoring. The oximeter monitors the baby's blood oxygen level and pulse rate, which are baby's vital signs. There are several key advantages over other types of baby sleep monitors.

  • Physiological infant sleep monitor tracks the baby's body conditions directly, not some other factors such as movements.
  • Abnormal readings give indications of hypoxic episodes and bradycardia events. They can be early warnings of SIDS risks. Parents should pay special attention if these episodes occur frequently.
  • Besides helping to prevent SIDS, the data gives a good indication of the baby's overall health.
  • The pulse oximeter can be used by others to check their pulse rates and blood oxygen levels.

Monitoring is easy. Most infant oximeters come with an infant probe, which is attached to your baby's feet. The following diagrams show where you can attach the probe to your baby.

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Most infant sleep breathing monitors have storage capability. The data is saved and can be transferred to a computer for further analysis. Some monitors can transferred the data at real time Your Windows computer can retrieve and save data from CMS50EW-WRP for further analysis. Software is available for analysis and report generation. The report can be emailed to a medical professional for analysis.