Safe Sleep with a Sick Baby

Having a sick baby can be heartbreaking, especially if congestion is present. It’s difficult to see your child struggle and you might not know exactly how to help her. On top of that, ensuring that your infant sleeps safe during this process can be nerve-wracking. However, it’s important to make sure that you’re maintaining a safe sleeping environment for your baby. And we’re here to help!

Here are a few suggestions to help you achieve safe sleep with a sick baby presenting cold-like symptoms:

Try a warm bath before bed.

A warm bath will help soothe your baby by easing her aches and pains, and the steam from the water can also help ease congestion. Less congestion equals better sleep.

Use a cold-mist humidifier.

Using a cold-mist humidifier or vaporizer can help alleviate your infant’s congestion while she’s sleeping. The mist can also soothe a dry or sore throat. Make sure you are continually cleaning out the filter and water to ensure that no mold develops, and use a cold-mist instead of a warm-mist humidifier, as warm-mist humidifiers can cause scalding.

Ensure that your baby is drinking enough fluids.

If you’re breastfeeding your baby, doing so more frequently can keep your little one properly hydrated. If you aren’t breastfeeding, increasing formula feedings throughout the illness with have the same effect. Fluids help thin mucus buildup, thus making it easier to breathe, and making sure that your baby can sleep with a clearer airway.

Slightly elevate her head… with specific methodology approved by your pediatrician.

While elevating your child’s head is an effective way to help clear her airway, you need to do so under the direction of your doctor. Adding anything to the crib is potentially hazardous, so you’ll most likely be advised to place something underneath your baby’s mattress to cause a slight elevation. But seriously, consult your pediatrician before doing this on your own.

Use an Owlet Smart Sock to help monitor oxygen levels.

Using the Owlet Smart Sock 2 during your baby’s illness can help ease your stress because it measures your child’s pulse oximetry levels. Pair it with the new Connected Care app to gain additional insights into your infant’s health over time.

*Owlet is intended to provide peace of mind. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, mitigate, cure, or prevent any disease or condition.

 

 

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Furniture Safety

There is no amount of time or effort I wouldn’t give to protect my child, especially from life-threatening situations. And although anchoring furniture definitely qualifies as a pretty significant time and energy investment, I know I will never regret knowing my child is safe from the tragedy of a tip over.

Here is a guide to help you learn more about furniture safety and how to protect your children from the dangers of tip-overs.

1.      Anchor, anchor, anchor!

Don’t skip this step for any piece of furniture you assemble, buy, or even for existing furniture in your home. Use earthquake anchoring products or tethers, 2 on each piece of furniture, to make sure that it’s strapped against the wall and that no pull or downward force will tip it over.

2.      No piece of furniture it too heavy to anchor

Don’t convince yourself that a heavy piece of furniture can’t tip over and doesn’t need to be anchored. When the drawers are out or someone is climbing on them and changes the center of gravity, you don’t want to see the devastating consequences of underestimating the effect.

3.      Anchor stacking furniture to each other, then to the wall

If you have a stacking bookcase, hutch, cabinet, or other type of furniture that has stacked pieces, use straps or anchoring hardware to each other, and then anchor the top piece to the wall.

4.      Don’t skip furniture you think is out of reach

Tip-overs occur in the blink of an eye, usually when our eyes are focused elsewhere, so it’s normally the places we think we need them the least that we really need anchors. Your own bedroom furniture, office furniture, etc. are all prime suspects for tip-overs.

5.      Only anchor furniture into studs

Drywall will not reliably hold up, even with the use of anchors. Find the studs and secure your furniture there. Make sure you attach the anchors to a solid wood piece on the furniture itself.

Remember, even short dressers can fall onto a child and cause serious injury. You can never be too safe or cautious when it comes protecting your children from the dangers of heavy furniture. Decide today to set time aside to secure all of your furniture, and breathe a little easier knowing your baby is growing and exploring in safety.

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How to Start Your 14-Day Trial of Connected Care

Who:

Current users of the Owlet Smart Sock who have an iOS device.

What:

Connected Care is a companion app to the Owlet Smart Sock that gives parents the ability to see historical heart rate and oxygen levels, red notification reports and sleep analytics. Receive a 14-day free trial when you download Connected Care from the app store.

When:

We recommend starting your trial after you have registered or are currently using your Smart Sock monitor.

Where:

Download the app here:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/owlet-connected-care/id1231607519?ls=1&mt=8

How:
  1. Download the Connected Care app.
  2. Login using your Smart Sock credentials. This is the same email and password you used to register your device.

*It is important to note that the historical information will take a while to load on the app, so it will not be immediately available.

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Healthy Baby Podcast #1 – Safe Sleep Guidelines with Joseph Hageman, MD

Many of you may be unaware that September is Baby Safety Month. As strong advocates of baby safety, we are proud to introduce our own podcast dedicated to helping parents raise healthy babies. The Healthy Baby Podcast will share meaningful and in-depth advice that ranges across differing pregnancy and parenting topics. In honor of Baby Safety Month, our first monthly podcast features the topic of safe sleep.

Owlet CEO, Kurt Workman, had the opportunity to sit down and discuss the topic of safe sleep with Dr. Joseph Hageman, neonatologist, and pediatrician with over 30-years of experience. Tune in as they discuss what safe sleep means and why it is important to practice safe sleep with your own children.

Although Baby Safety Month is a good reminder for parents to practice safe sleep, we really want to stress the importance of it. Throughout our podcast, we shared safe sleep recommendations that we believe each parent should follow. Check out our top five safe sleep takeaways from the podcast, as they are outlined by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

5 Safe Sleep Takeaways:

  • Always place baby on his/her back.
  • Baby should sleep on a firm sleep surface. The AAP recommends using a firm mattress with a tightly fitted sheet only.
  • Soft objects and loose bedding should be kept away from the infant’s sleep area.
  • It is recommended to room-share, not bed-share, with your baby on a separate sleeping surface.
  • Avoid overheating by keeping your baby at a comfortable temperature.

You can join the conversation as we discuss infant health in the future with medical and technology experts and learn from experiences shared directly from new and expecting parents.

Subscribe to the Healthy Baby Podcast.

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