The Consumer Electronics Show (“CES”) continues
to crank out some pretty neat tech for parents and babies. A couple of companies have announced remote app-based baby vitals monitors that let parents track their children’s temperature, heart rate and oxygen levels from another room.
The Owlet Smart Sock Baby Monitor could be beneficial for that new mom who is deathly afraid of SIDS. The $249 wearable is a smart sock that the baby wears at night and monitors the baby’s heart rate or oxygen level, its makers say. If there is a problem, there will be a local alarm that is also uploaded onto the parents’ smart phone. That way if they are away on date night, they can know to contact the baby sitter to check in on the baby. It isn’t FDA approved and is not the same thing as the pulse oximeter that hospitals use. Still, it sounds like a pretty cool invention for first time worrying parents.
Also, for older kids maybe, the TempTraq could be a God-send way to monitor a sick child’s temperature while he/she sleeps. No need to wake them from their slumber to take an under-the-tongue or arm temperature. The bluetooth-equipped single-use patch, which is a modestly-priced $20, goes under the arm and monitors the child for 24 hours. It feeds the information n to a smart phone. It’s great because if you’d need to eventually call the doc or go in, you can give a very accurate reading to the pediatrician of the temperature. This monitor IS cleared by the FDA. It changes colors as the fever rises or falls to let a passing parent know at a glance if there is cause for concern. It comes with a free downable app for Android and Apple products.