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When is it safe to stop using the baby monitor?

When is it safe to stop using the baby monitor?

When you're ready!: The primary initial use of the baby monitor is to keep tabs on your infant when she is mostly helpless. The secondary use, once she is more vigorous, is to monitor for distress or symptomology during times of illness. Once you're ready to stop the monitor, it's time. When it is more of a hassle than a useful tool. Sids is more likely to occur in the first 6 months; extremely rare after a year old. ...Read more

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Dr. Cornelia Franz
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Safety (Definition)

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When is it safe stop using the baby monitor at night?

When is it safe stop using the baby monitor at night?

Personal Choice: It is important to know that monitors have not been shown to reduce risk of sids in babies. Turning off your monitor will have no impact on your babies sids risk. Risk reduction for sids includes breastfeeding, back sleeping in a "relatively" cool room ( 68 better than 75 degrees) without a hat. Your baby's sids risk takes a steep dive at 6 months of life. ...Read more

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What to do if my cousins baby monitor picked up me masturbating?

What to do if my cousins baby monitor picked up me masturbating?

Apologize: Apologize if it caused any embarrassment and then keep your masturbation to your own place where you know you have privacy. Don't obsess about this. Chances are they have done this often in their life - just probably not on audio. We all realize it is a natural and totally normal thing to do. And it's certainly better than getting a prostitute or worse. ...Read more

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Is it necessary to buy a baby monitor?

Is it necessary to buy a baby monitor?

No: Some parents like the convenience, but it's definitely not necessary. Babies are often sleeping in the same room as their parents for the first few months, so a baby monitor is not needed at night. The monitors are not protective for the baby (we've had healthy babies for a lot longer than we've had baby monitors), they just allow the parent a measure of comfort if they are in a separate room. ...Read more

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What kind of baby monitor should I buy?

What kind of baby monitor should I buy?

Not essential: Unless you live in a huge mansion, you will be able to hear your baby crying. Most new parents sleep in the same room as their newborn for the first few months anyway. A monitor usually just causes you to hear every little normal noise your baby makes and creates much sleep deprivation for the parents. ...Read more

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Which video baby monitor is better: the motorola mbp41 or the mbp43-2? Does the brand matter?

Which video baby monitor is better: the motorola mbp41 or the mbp43-2? Does the brand matter?

Do you really need?: For quality-look it up online. BUT why do you need a monitor? Many young parents get too anxious about their newborn and respond to every noise-training infant to expect parents to appear on notice! Most infants will do just fine the old fashioned way. Sleeping in their crib by themselves. If you have fed and changed baby-it is time for them to sleep-unattended. ...Read more

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If I have a child with a trach, is it necessary to monitor them with an oxygen sat monitor overnite? I rarely have overnite nurse & I try 2 sleep some

If I have a child with a trach, is it necessary to monitor them with an oxygen sat monitor overnite? I rarely have overnite nurse & I try 2 sleep some

Yes: A trach tube could become plugged and you would want to know if your child needs suctioning or other care. A pulse oximeter is an easy, non-invasive way to do that. ...Read more

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Can you sleep with a holter monitor on?

Can you sleep with a holter monitor on?

Holter: You are supposed to leave your holter on while sleeping. ...Read more

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Are mobile apps of sleep monitoring reliable?

Are mobile apps of sleep monitoring reliable?

Likely not: Depends on what kind of monitoring you need. If you need monitoring of the sleep cycles, then I don't think there's an app that can do that. Discuss with your doctor about a formal sleep study if you trouble sleeping. ...Read more

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What to do if I have to do a sleep apnea study, what monitors will they put on me?

What to do if I have to do a sleep apnea study, what monitors will they put on me?

Several monitors: They'll use monitors for brain wave activity, eye movements, respiratory activity, oxygen saturation at least so they can tell your breathing while you descend into deeper stages of sleep. ...Read more

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Are heart monitors supposed to be worn while sleeping?

Are heart monitors supposed to be worn while sleeping?

Yes: If you have been set up for monitoring for arrhythmias, it would be best to wear the monitor around the clock. ...Read more

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Do sleep apps that use a cell phone's accelerometer work? If so, what is the best iphone app for monitoring sleep?

Do sleep apps that use a cell phone's accelerometer work?  If so, what is the best iphone app for monitoring sleep?

Yes, they do: Renew sleepclock, sleep cycle, sleep tracker, sleep viewer, sleep analyzer. These are reviewed at www.Myarticle.Com/computers/software/sleep-monitor-a... Sleep monitor – top 5 iphone sleeping apps. ... Using the accelerometer in your iphone sleep cycle is able to monitor your movements during sleep. ...Read more

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Why do they monitor your heart during a sleep study?

Why do they monitor your heart during a sleep study?

Sleep study: Many sleep problems increase your adrenergic tone and in response body will also increase parasympathetic tone and both of these can cause trouble with your heart rhythm. Also if there is a severe sleep abnormality or due to other medical conditions your oxygen drops during sleep that can affect the heart rhythm ..... So heart monitor signal gives us this information. ...Read more

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I had 7 late beats on my holter monitor during sleep. Are late beats the same as a sinus pause or arrest? Are late beats dangerous?

I had 7 late beats on my holter monitor during sleep. Are late beats the same as a sinus pause or arrest? Are late beats dangerous?

Unclear: I'm not sure what you mean by "late beats". It's possible this refers sinus pauses. What matters is the possible causes, like medications, and how "late" the beats, as in two seconds versus more than 3 seconds. You should review these findings with the doctor who ordered your holter monitor. ...Read more

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5mo face plants on sleep while on her belly. I can't get a full night of sleep monitoring and changing position. When I do, she wakes up. What to do?

5mo face plants on sleep while on her belly. I can't get a full night of sleep monitoring and changing position. When I do, she wakes up. What to do?

Simple solution...: Healthy babies in America are recommended to sleep alone (face up until able to roll over) in a safe bassinet or crib, from the time they are born. It is not possible nor advisable to constantly watch a baby nor be with a baby while he is sleeping (parents need their rest!). A normal baby will happily sleep after a feeding, and then wake up for the next meal when he is hungry or wants to play. ...Read more

Baby Monitor (Definition)

Because baby's sleeping in the same room appears to reduce SIDS risk, it seems reasonable that a baby monitor would also decrease risk, especially if the baby is another room. However, research suggests there is little if any benefit ...Read more


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sleep (Definition)

Sleep is a topic that involves concepts such as how long it takes to fall asleep, how many times one wakes up at night, how many hours one sleeps at night, sleep stages, ...Read more