Preparing Your Home for Pediatric Monitoring Equipment

Preparing Your Home for Pediatric Sleep Monitoring Equipment

Bringing your baby home is momentous occasion, especially if they have spent the past several weeks in the NICU. If your baby is discharged with an apnea monitor, it can be a bit overwhelming to understand this new piece of equipment and all of the specifics of properly setting it up. Even if you have spoken with a clinician about proper use of the apnea monitor, here are a few do’s and don’ts for easy reference.

Aeroflow Healthcare pediatric apnea monitors have 3 alarms: for apnea, slow heart rate, and fast heart rate. Typically, the apnea alarm is set to go off at 15 seconds, the slow heart rate at 80 beats per minute, and fast heart rate at 210 to 230 beats per minute. The alarm limits are lowered as your baby gets older.

  1. The apnea monitor should never be placed directly next to your baby’s head. Since the alarms are meant to be heard throughout a home, apnea monitor alarm signals are very loud and can damage your baby’s hearing if not placed far enough away.
  2. Establish a clear pathway to the baby’s room in case of monitor alarms.
  3. Keep a notebook and pen in your baby’s room to accurately record alarm events and keep a phone nearby to call in case of emergency.
  4. Place the monitor on a sturdy shelf, out of reach from a pet or other child.
  5. Remove televisions and radios from the baby’s room so there is no chance of frequency disruptions.
  6. When parents are showering or are in an area of the home that would impair the ability to hear the apnea alarm, use your home baby monitor to help amplify the signal. However, it is important to first test the functionality of these two devices working in unison because if they are too close together, the signal frequencies can interfere.
  7. Place the monitor on a sturdy shelf, out of reach from a pet or other child.
  8. It’s a good idea to pay a visit to your local emergency medical service (EMS) team, alerting them that you have an infant with special needs in your home. They should be able to place your home on a priority list in the event of a power outage or medical emergency.

If you have further questions about properly setting up your apnea monitor equipment, an Aeroflow representative would be happy to answer your questions.

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