Wearable Smartphone Baby Monitors May Cause More Harm Than Good, Pe...

Pediatricians warn parents to think twice before buying those "smart" clothing with vital signs monitors to track their baby's health.

Electronic sensors that are attached to babies' socks, buttons, and onesies are supposed to continually monitor a child's vitals such as the pulse rate, oxygen level, and breathing by notifying the parents on their smartphone of any abnormality.

An example of this device is the $250-Owlet Baby Care's smart sock, which is worn on one of the baby's feet to monitor the vital signs.

Not Approved By The FDA

Christopher Bonafide, from the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, however, said that these baby vital signs monitors have not been green-lighted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. There are also no evidence that can prove the devices do not prevent potentially deadly problems in healthy infants.

False Alarms

Repeated false alarms from these monitors may likewise lead to unnecessary tests performed on babies. False alarms may happen if the babies set off the monitor when they kick or roll or experience what can be considered as harmless changes in their vitals that the device may interpret as life-threatening.

AAP Recommendation To Prevent Sleep-Related Deaths In Babies

The AAP instead recommends parents to rely on prevention efforts that have already been proven effective such as breastfeeding and sleeping in the same room with their babies.

Parents and their babies should ideally sleep in the same bedroom albeit not in the same bed for at least six months to reduce the risk of sleep-related deaths among infants.

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