Dad Credits This Wearable SIDS Monitor With Saving His Newborn Son's Life


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So much technology exists for the sole purpose of making our lives easier. This is definitely true when it comes to tech marketed specifically to parents. From baby monitors with live-feed cameras to kid-friendly tablets, parents these days have countless tools at their disposal for improving the lives of themselves and their kids. One new father found this to be especially true when a wearable baby monitor meant to help detect SIDs ended up saving his newborn son's life.

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The Owlet Smart Sock is a high-tech baby monitor that tracks infants' heart rates and oxygen levels using the same technology found in hospital heart rate monitors. Used during during the night, Owlet sends real-time updates to parents' phone through Bluetooth. While it doesn't provide any medical diagnoses, it is meant to give parents peace of mind and work as an early stage detection tool for things like SIDS.

Parents Ryan Golinski and Kate Crawford decided to invest a hefty $300 into the expensive device with the hope that it would help "prevent SIDS." When they were woken up in the wee hours of the morning by an alert from the Smart Sock and saw that their baby's heartrate was at 286, a number that is unusually high for an infant, they assumed that they had been given a false alarm. It was only after multiple resets with no change that they realized their child was in real danger.

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A trip to the hospital revelaed supraventricular tachycardia (SVT), an arrythmia that causes a rapid heart rate brought on by electrical impulses. Thanks to Owlet, the SVT was caught well before any negative side effects could be developed and the baby seems to be faring very well. 

It should be noted that experts have warned against parents using wearable monitors like the one produced by Owlet. The American Academy of Pediatrics argues that "the use of cardiorespitory monitors has not been documented to decrease the incidence of SIDS." 

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Others argue that these wearable monitors do more harm than good by producing false alarms that cause parents to panic and doctors to over-diagnose. 

We can't deny that the science surrounding wearable monitors is still very new and inconclusive. That, coupled with the fact that most of the monitors have high price tags, is enough to make them a no-go for many parents. Still, the fact that they have the ability to help even one little life is definitely a vote in their favor.

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