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Angel care monitor alarm going off

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Hi

My ds is 11 months. He was very poorly with bronchiolitis when he was only 10 days old we were in hospital for 5 days. He has always been chesty since and has an inhaler <which makes no difference>

We have an angelcare sensor pad monitor. It is set to alarm if no movement (breath) is detected. A couple of times recently it has gone off randomly in the night and when we rushed in ds was in the far corner of the cot. I ammused that he was too far away from the pad and centred it more in the cot.

It went off again about an hour ago. The pad is in the centre of the cot. Does this mean that he is having some sort of sleep apnea? Should I be going to the dr tomorrow?

Please smile

Chucklecheeks Sun 29-Sep-13 21:03:08

We have the same monitor and it three years it hasn't gone off for no reason. Our sone had apnea which has just been corrected by a tonsillectomy and adanoidectomy. When it did go off it was because he had stopped breathing.

Thanks chuckle, do you think we need an emergency apt tomorrow at the gp?

AnotherStitchInTime Sun 29-Sep-13 21:09:32

Make sure the sensitivity on the pad is set to maximum on the back of the nursery unit. He could well be having episodes so worth getting it checked out.

JaquelineHyde Sun 29-Sep-13 21:21:11

I have worked for a company that makes these sensor monitors.

They are very sensitive but once a baby starts moving around its bed/cot they can be prone to going off randomly.

My DS was also incredibly ill as a baby with bronchiolitis, seeing my tiny baby revived with tiny revival kits was not something I ever thought I would have to see, so I do understand your extra sensitivity and concern regarding this. But please do not get too worried, I would just pop to the Drs and ask for their opinion.

We often advised people to stop using the monitors if they kept getting false alarms, maybe something to think about if the Dr gives the all clear.

noodleone Sun 29-Sep-13 21:25:23

I just wanted to ask what happened when you got to him. With our ds it started going off randomly once he started moving about more. When it picked up that my dd wasn't breathing when we got to her and picked her up, she took a big breath but didn't have blue lips. Were there any signs that he is in distress when you get there?

Thanks allsmile

I'll ring and make an non emergency apt tomorrow with his regular dr and go from there

My dh has gotten to him first each time. Dh said he was fast asleep and showing no signs of breathing heavy etc

Chucklecheeks Sun 29-Sep-13 22:11:43

When we got to DS it was clear he wasn't breathing or you would hear the snort/grunt of him starting again.

When it happened tonight the alarm actually stopped going off and it started ticking before dh even got up the stairs

PJ67 Sun 29-Sep-13 23:32:28

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

AnotherStitchInTime Mon 30-Sep-13 00:31:27

Mine has actually just pipped because dd2 was sleeping with her arms underneath her.

Actually that makes sense because he sometimes rolls on to his front and curls up in a ball iykwim

DeWe Mon 30-Sep-13 09:47:35

We had one for all three of my dc.

Dd1 we had about 2 weeks with several alarms when she was about 7/8 months. Found that the base had slipped slightly and it was just enough to make a difference. Had odd alarms every now and then.

Dd2 alarm went off a lot. I can remember watching her sleeping, breathing gently when the alarm went off. confused I think she was just a light breather. And she would roll over to be on front or side from only a month old. Think this probably didn't help.

Ds I don't think it ever went off. Mind you he was a wriggler in his sleep.

bellearwood Mon 07-Oct-13 11:54:59

You better get your child checked soon. We have a medical alarm system installed at home by Alarmcare in Toronto and it has worked well so far. No complaints yet. Check this out if you would want to know more. www.myalarmcare.com/faq.php

lurkerspeaks Mon 07-Oct-13 18:01:25

Medical professionals don't normally recommend using a monitoring system at home as there is evidence that for "normal" children they only heighten parental anxiety.

If the NHS think you need a monitor you will get one and training provided.

I'd stop using it and recommend all my friends not to buy one.

Out of interest have you had CPR training ? Would you actually know what to do if your child had an acute life threatening event?

We used one of those monitors for dd1 and dd2. Dd2 was hospitalised with bronchiolitis at 7 months, and has been on various medications since. We have regular appointments with a paediatrician who specialises in respiratory problems, and has had many papers published on the subject. He said he doesn't recommend the motion sensor monitors, as babies struggling to breathe often thrash about, so the alarm goes off too late. We don't use it now anyway, as she moves about the cot (14 months now), but to be honest, I would still use one again, it did make me feel better. Prob best getting your little one seen by a doctor regardless.

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