You cherish your newborn and desire to protect him or her from any potential hazards. Sleep monitoring involves the use of a machine to detect any irregular respiratory or cardiac issues in your baby. This monitoring is an effective tool for determining whether your newborn is dealing with various conditions such as apnea, bradycardia, hypoxemia, gastro esophageal reflux (GER or GERD), and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
In addition to the machine, the apnea monitor includes electrodes, lead wires, a belt and a cable. The electrodes are placed on the newborn in order for the machine to detect signals of potential health problems. It is vital that these electrodes are placed correctly to ensure proper data monitoring. Below are the tips for setting up your monitor along with how to correctly position the electrodes on your newborn.
- The electrodes will be placed between the armpit and the nipple. Be sure to clean this area and remove all dirt, moisture and powders.
- Connect black electrodes to lead wires.
- Take out the belt. Put the electrodes on the belt. The electrode connected to the white wire will be placed on the newborn’s right side and the black wire on the child’s left.
- Place the belt on the child ensuring that the electrodes are between the newborn’s armpit and nipple. Using the Velcro included with the monitor secure the belt.
- Plug in the wires to the monitor.
- Turn the monitor on. The breathing and heart rate lights should be flashing and will continue to with each breath and heartbeat.
- You’re done. Your child’s monitor is ready for use – ultimately allowing you to rest easy.