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When my daughter was just three months old she stopped breathing and had to be rushed to hospital. We found out that she had severe gastric reflux which resulted in food becoming stuck in her throat and she couldnt breath. After a few days in hospital we were sent home with nothing but sachets of Gaviscon to be given to her with every feed. This was supposed to thicken the contents of her stomach to prevent food from coming up again and getting stuck.
As I was at my wits end over what had happened a few days previously I didn't want to settle on this and I felt I needed to have something else that would warn me if another incident was to happen again. I was told by doctors that it was possible and I was extremely worried it could happen if we were sleeping.
I started my research online and discovered Respisense which was a monitor that could be placed on the nappy and detected the breathing of the baby. If after a few second it couldn't detect breathing it would vibrate and if another few seconds went without any detection it would sound an alarm that could be heard throughout the house. I thought this would be perfect and bought it straight away for Euro75 at the time. It arrived about two days later.
It is a small device which has buttons to turn it on and off. It worked great and I had peace of mind with it too. However when she was old enough at about 6 months she learnt how to take it off herself and throw it outside her cot. This resulted in a frantic mother running up the stairs to find her laughing at the siren! However it did work perfectly up to this point. It would be good if it was able to stay on without them knowing how to take if off but I am not sure how they could make this possible.
I still kept it on her until she turned one though and she eventually got used to putting on her alarm at night. It always functioned for me and they do have a warranty that if it breaks or the battery runs out within a year then they will replace the device free of charge.
I was told in the hospital not to purchase a device like this because I would become too reliant on it. I completely agree with this and I don't think you should get this if you have no reason to. I was so worried that my daughter would stop breathing again that I couldn't resist purchasing it and I did for 12 months worry about her wearing it and worrying that it would go off. Not to mention getting a fright every time it did go off! I can't say whether it has helped me to monitor my child but it did give me reassurance that if it was to happen then I would know instantly.
However unless your child has a medical condition it is not good to rely heavily on devices like this for peace of mind. You need to rely on yourself as a mother. This is something I learnt throughout using this device.
Respisense Buzz Breathing Effort Baby Monitor is the latest technology in Baby Monitors giving parents an early warning of irregularities in baby breathing effort. Respisense does not rely on pads below the sleeping area; it simply clips onto the waistband of your baby's nappy then quietly and unobtrusively monitors baby's breathing efforts while asleep. It triggers an alarm if your baby stops or appears to stop breathing. The new Respisense? Buzz model has the built-in TummyTickle? feature that stimulates with vibration to stir baby to resume breathing before sounding the alarm. This proactive stimulation is a world's first, and works by way of gentle tactile stimulation.Babies do not always sleep in their cot or bed and fixed baby monitors cannot be used in other environments. Respisense Buzz is designed to be completely portable giving you the option to monitor baby?s breathing wherever your baby sleeps. It can be used practically anywhere baby may fall asleep ? in cots, on a picnic blanket, on your lap or in a swing crib etc.