At-Home Cardiorespiratory Monitors for Newborns: Helping or Hurting Parents' Peace of Mind
Sales of at-home cardiorespiratory monitors for newborn infants have been on the rise in recent years. These commercial products advertise peace of mind for parents and not the prevention of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Studies show that more than 47,000 of these devices are being actively used, and that number continues to grow in size. However, there is little research to verify the accuracy of these products. Inaccurate results and false alarms may result in unnecessary emergency department visits, medical testing, and/or fear of infant death. Health care providers have a duty to educate our communities on safe sleep practices and the prevention of SIDs through evidence-based methods.