Infant Apnea Monitor Information

Know what to look for when you bring your baby home from the hospital with an apnea monitor that detects bradychardia and apnea incidents.

Bringing home a baby from the hospital, with an apnea monitor is a whole new life experience. No one ever bargains for a baby with medical difficulties and it is a frightening prospect at the very least.

Before leaving the hospital you should be trained in infant CPR. The apnea monitors regulate respiration and heart rate of your baby so knowing how to resuscitate your infant is crucial. Though not a situation anyone ever wants to encounter you do want to save your baby's life if need be. And it can happen, often when you least expect it.

Know that your baby being on a monitor means there is serious concern for his or her well-being. Newborns leaving NICU often must take a sleep study test and they either pass or fail. Those who do not pass require a monitor for anywhere from three to six months and even as long as one year. Your baby's doctor will be keeping close tabs on baby's progress, so no need to worry about it now. It is a hindrance to haul around a monitor but it is well worth it.

Once home you will need to have a place for the monitor to rest while your baby is either sleeping or feeding. They usually have their own carrying cases but they need to be taken out of those and placed on a hard surface so the beeping of the alarms can be heard. If placed on something like a carpet, the alarms are more muffled and a tired mom is less likely to hear them.

Keeping the monitor at your hearing level is the safest approach. But, be forewarned, the sounds on these monitors are ear-piercing. They are set to a series of single beeps for a certain number of times as the first warning. Then they proceed to double beeps and then triple beeps. This alerts you as to how long the machine has been going off in case you were out of hearing distance briefly.

Take care not to be away from the monitor for more than a few seconds, especially if your baby tends to have frequent episodes of apnea, cessation of breathing, and bradychardia, slow heart rate.

Drinks should stay clear of the monitors since they are expensive high-tech equipment. If anything concerns you about its functioning you should have a phone number to call for assistance.

Keep a close eye on supplies such as belts, sticky electrodes and extra cables. You will also need to be aware, as your baby grows, there will likely be adjustments necessary to how the belt of sticky electrodes are placed. If not lined up properly on your baby, false alarms are more likely.

It may seem like a huge thing to deal with, transporting extra equipment around, but it does become routine before too long. It really is only a short time in your baby's life and assurances of his or her safety is the utmost concern for you right now.

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