Medical indications for purchasing the monitor may be:
- giving birth prematurely to children (especially very small, around 1 kg babies),
- difficulty breathing the baby
- weak heart
- higher risk of cot death,
- smoking a pregnant woman, apnea problems in other children in the family.
At least in theory, because in practice, breath monitors evoke extreme opinions and not everyone recommends them.
There is no consent in the medical community itself. There is no lack of opinion that a breathing monitor is not needed for healthy children. On the other hand, other doctors are on the side of the belief that it's always better to have it because when it runs it can save lives. At the moment of hearing the alarm, it is enough for the child to wake up or deflate on the face ... However, of course, you can not be sure whether the very rare apnea in babies requires such preventive measures for all children.
Breath monitor and cot death
Many supporters of breathing monitors stress that it can prevent cot death, which spends sleep in the eyes of many parents. And attention here. It is increasingly being said that producers play on emotions and rely on parents' fear. This is especially evident in the context of recent research and conclusions that have been reached: namely that Cot death is not the result of pillow suffocation, the result of neglect, and is caused by damage to the central nervous system. According to the latest research, the cot death is due to the lack of coordination between breathing and expectoration.
Against the purchase of a breath monitor is also the fact that it only an electronic device that cannot be trusted 100%. This is indicated by the repeatedly emphasized situations when the monitor starts up: a child cuddles into a pillow, for example, or simply alerts when the child is not breathing regularly, which is most natural in a small child whose breathing differs from the way the adults breathe. The breathing monitor can sound an alarm if your child has a cold or because of a fan, or even a more violent gust of wind. This causes unnecessary stress and tension.
Also, using the same breath monitor with a second child may not be effective. It is necessary to take the device for inspection and calibration, and this involves additional costs.
Rationalizing the purchase
What do parents say who bought a breathing monitor even though there were no clear medical indications? Exactly what the producers and distributors of these devices spent millions of zlotys on their promotion. Parents who spent money on buying a breath monitor without medical indications indicate that they "slept peacefully, that baby's safety is the most important thing, that it is one of the most reasonable and best purchases."
Psychology knows the phenomenon of shopping rationalization. This is a situation when, when going to a shopping mall or neighborhood store, we buy, say ... another blouse. Quite unnecessary, similar to those that hang in the closet, without a prior plan. At home, when we cool down, we rarely admit that the expense was unnecessary, because unplanned, that the blouse was not a super opportunity and that we would probably go without it easily, and in return we would prefer to buy a bracelet. Most of us comment on expenditure under the influence of the moment in a different way: "after all, I deserve something from life" "is not the same as the one I have in the closet", "I will buy the bracelet next time and the blouse will always be useful" .
Breathing monitors to rationalize your purchase are often connected to another device: an electric nanny. Purchased as a stand-alone device, it costs around PLN 500-600. Sometimes you can buy used equipment at online auctions, but it is not recommended to buy these due to the loss of warranty.
Device monitors most often alert when:
- breath stops
- your breathing will slow down (becoming irregular or too rare),
In addition, many models have light signals (green and red lamp) and a temperature reader in the child's room. Most are equipped with an additional place for batteries, "for an additional sense of security."
The device is intended for children from birth to the first year of life.
If the baby is not premature, has no sleep or breathing disturbances or any other disturbing symptoms, no breathing monitor is needed. The decision to buy it belongs to the parents and it should be treated not as a real need determining the child's safety, but affecting a peaceful sleep ... of parents. If anyone thinks it's worth it, please.