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Do baby monitors keep babies safe?

Do baby monitors keep babies safe?

No: Baby monitors only help you keep your baby safe. It is your care in not leaving your baby unattended that keeps them safe. ...Read more

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How should I place the monitor to listen to my babies heart beat?

How should I place the monitor to listen to my babies heart beat?

Fetal Monitor: For non medical people, the best way is place the monitor below the umbilicus and sweeps on either side of the lower abdomen until you hear heart beat. Whereever you pick up heart keep the monitor there. ...Read more

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My babys 3months & breastfed. I've tried the safe meds but don't work for me for depression & anxiety. Can I use pristiq (desvenlafaxine) I've read no & yes w/monitoring?

My babys 3months & breastfed. I've tried the safe meds but don't work for me for depression & anxiety. Can I use pristiq (desvenlafaxine) I've read no & yes w/monitoring?

Should not. : Pristiq (desvenlafaxine) is least safe because more of it can get into the breast milk than the other antidepressants. I would try all the other antidepressants first. If you really need pristiq, (desvenlafaxine) you should seriously consider stopping breastfeeding. If you decide to take Pristiq (desvenlafaxine) and still breastfeed, you have to understand that there are risks as your baby is getting some Pristiq (desvenlafaxine) which each feed. ...Read more

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Which are the best baby monitors?

Which are the best baby monitors?

Ones that work!: A good baby monitor is one that works at the appropriate range for you. Try it out. Does it work when baby is asleep in the bedroom and you are working in the kitchen? A monitor is not necessary, but some parents find it comforting and helpful to hear their baby during night and naptimes. Remember babies are noisy sleepers, so not all the noises you hear are them waking up and asking for you! ...Read more

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How old do I need a monitor in my child's room?

How old do I need a monitor in my child's room?

Baby moniter: There's really no set time, but I would say when the baby starts sleeping through the night, and there are no more night feeds. If you are a deep sleeper, or in a far room; if you're afraid you'll miss them crying, longer. If you keep it, turn the volume down, so you can get a good night sleep, low enough to only hear crying. Some moms keep it till kids are in a big bed, and come and get them. ...Read more

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Baby got sick 2m ago & started cosleeping 2 better monitor & administer meds. Now at 5mo we've been unable to transition her out of the bed. Advice?

Baby got sick 2m ago & started cosleeping 2 better monitor & administer meds. Now at 5mo we've been unable to transition her out of the bed. Advice?

Tough Love: You will have many miles before you sleep on this subject. It is a hard thing to correct but possible. Sometimes children will be alright with sleeping in their bed if someone is in the room. You may have to take turns staying in the room with your child until they fall asleep in their own bed. Taking turns helps it not be so stressful. It will be easier to give in but be strong. ...Read more

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I wear HR strap while exercising.i was doing mod intensity work,HR avg 190 max221.Scared bc i didn't feel it go to221 but monitor usually accurate. 17

I wear HR strap while exercising.i was doing mod intensity work,HR avg 190 max221.Scared bc i didn't feel it go to221 but monitor usually accurate. 17

Exercise Tachycardia: I question the accuracy of a HR monitor that registers a maximum HR in the 220bpm range for a human subject!Infants do not achieve this heart rate with high fevers or distress. 220 bpm is the heart rate of a hummingbird or small mammal. That being said, there is no benefit to exercise so intense it triggers a HR above 150bpm in most adults and signs of physiological distress slow most people down! ...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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How does a holter monitor work? And what conditions can it detect?

How does a holter monitor work? And what conditions can it detect?

Holter monitor: Worn continuously for 24-96 hours it records heart rhythm. Used to detect arrythmia. ...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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How do o2 monitors work by just sticking it on your finger?

How do o2 monitors work by just sticking it on your finger?

Oximetry: The device you are referring to is called a pulse oximeter. It measures the oxygen percentage in your blood flow into the fingertip which is recorded as an oxygen saturation percentage. It helps physicians determine the degree of impairment in oxygen. ...Read more

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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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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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Can you tell me if baby monitors affect hearing aids?

Can you tell me if baby monitors affect hearing aids?

Hearing Aids: There are many different types of hearing aids. Are you concerned about interference with the monitor's frequency. That is highly unlikely, but if you notice a problem, change baby monitors or talk to your audiologist. ...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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Should i wake my baby to monitor his fever throughout the night?

Should i wake my baby to monitor his fever throughout the night?

Not enough data: In general, i never wake a sick child unless they need timed medication (antibiotics).They need the sleep more than they need their temperature checked. There are tempdots, a strip applied to the forehead that registers the temperature continuously and can be read from a foot or more away.I don't find monitoring temp that helpful.Parents need to monitor fluid intake and pee patterns more. ...Read more

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My baby is 3.5 months old. We use an owlet monitor (monitors HR & O2 sat) at night. He is sating in the low 90's. Is that ok?

My baby is 3.5 months old. We use an owlet monitor (monitors HR & O2 sat) at night. He is sating in the low 90's. Is that ok?

Sats okay, .....but: That's perfectly normal saturation for an infant. My bigger concern, though, is why you are doing this monitoring. Please don't turn into a helicopter mom to your child at just 3 months of age. Unless there is a very specific medical readon for this monitoring, please just let your baby sleep normally and in peace without being hooked up to make you feel more secure.... ...Read more

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Can a holter monitor still work if you didn't write anything on your diary? I wore it but didn't take notes as i wasn't home and got busy with school

Can a holter monitor still work if you didn't write anything on your diary? I wore it but didn't take notes as i wasn't home and got busy with school

Still records rhythm: Just may not be as predictive if knew what activity was when rhythm change(-s) were identified. Still can help the cardiologist determine what is wrong. ...Read more

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