Home apnea monitors: To use or not to use?

Home apnea monitors: To use or not to use?

Questions regarding the use of home apnea monitors have increased as the use of these monitors have gained popularity. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) does not recommend these monitors unless prescribed by a physician.  Research has found no link between the use of these monitors and a decrease in adverse events such as SIDS.  In fact, these monitors may make parents more anxious due to false alarms.  False alarms may lead to loss of  sleep for an already sleepy parent, leading to less alert parenting.  False alarms may also lead to unnecessary testing, stressing the baby and the parents out further.

Does this mean you are a bad parent if you still want to use one? Absolutely not! There’s simply not enough evidence to support their use at this time. For more information regarding this topic and safe practices to prevent SIDS please click here.

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