device developed by Owlet Baby Care called the “smart sock” is said to allow parents to monitor their newborn’s vital signs through a smartphone.

The device seems to be an answer to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). SIDS also known as crib death is the leading cause of death among infants ages 1 month to one year old. According to Kids Health, SIDS is a sudden and unexplained death among infants that claims the lives of about 2,500 each year in the United States. Numerous research efforts were taken on SIDS, yet it remains unpredictable. The most crucial time is when the baby is from two to four months old and during cold weather. Report says more boys fall victim to SIDS than girls.

Through their smartphones, parents will know the heart rate and oxygen level of the child. The article cited Erica Morgan, a first time Utahn mom who appreciated this development. She gave birth to a healthy baby boy two months ago. She fears SIDS and that her baby might stop breathing in the middle of the night without her knowledge. This fear sprang from the experience of her friend whose four month old baby died from SIDS. Erica Morgan used to go to her son’s room to check if he is still breathing; now she could do that in her room using her smart phone.

The product developers were identified as Jacob Colvin Kurt Workman and three others. Jacob Colvin warns prospective users that the device is not meant to be diagnostic in nature. Colvin who is a father of two children knows the difficulty of parents keeping their child safe, especially in times that the child is sick. This is what prompted him to develop the product with the help of others.

The advantage of this product is that it can grow with the child by utilizing multiple sensors. Colvin claims that the device has been tested on infants up to 2 years old.

Zack Bombsta, Owlet’s chief engineering officer stated that the design of the device allows the monitor to automatically adjust data readings for foot growth, movement and various levels of ambient light. Owlet says additional features include rollover alerts, skin temperature and sleep-quality tracking.

At present, the Owlet team is reported to be going through the U.S. Food and Drug Administration process for the new version of the device that includes new features. Colvin described the upgraded version to include an alarm to notify parents of drops in heart rate and oxygen levels. The designer of the monitor hopes to help parents react to emergencies on time.

The article indicated that FDA clearance is expected by 2015. The current version will retail for $199, but can be purchased now for $160 on the company website.

Christensen & Hymas appreciates the technological advances contributed by the Owlet team. It takes a parent’s experience to prompt others to find ways to keep the little ones safe. We also share the same advocacy on child safety and our website has resources on children safety. Please visit our website and take advantage of the free e-books, blog articles and other educational resources.

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