While your baby was in the hospital, it was recommended that he or she be placed on infant home monitor. A home monitor is usually prescribed for infants that are:
Diagnosed with unresolved sleep apnea
the sibling of a SIDS victim
Has gastroesophageal reflux potentially affecting breathing patterns
Have a history of apparent life-threatening event (ALTE) also known as brief resolved unexplained events (BRUE) . Brief resolved unexplained events occur in infants in less than 1 year when an observer reports a sudden, brief, and resolved episode from one or more of the following:
Cyanosis or pallor
Absent, decreased, or irregular breathing
Marked change in tone (increased or decreased)
Altered level of responsiveness
About the Monitor
A home infant monitor is designed to continuously measure your baby’s breathing and heart rate. It is designed to alert the caregiver of significant changes in your baby’s breathing or heart rate. Prior to discharge, the Pediatric Sleep Disorders and Apnea Center will arrange for a durable medical equipment provider to deliver the monitor and its related supplies to you at the hospital. They will ensure that you and all caregivers:
Receive CPR training
Are taught exactly how to respond to any alarms including instructions on when and whom to call
After the following hospital discharge and throughout the time your child requires home monitoring, the Center’s staff will be available to answer your questions, address your concerns and provide you with the support and guidance you need to care for your infant.
On an on–going basis, the recordings from the monitor will be transmitted to our Center for evaluation and our specialty–trained physician will examine your baby. During this time we will discuss with you the information recorded by the monitor, track your baby’s progress and make recommendations regarding further treatment. We will also work with your pediatrician to coordinate other necessary medical services.