Experts now warn that high-tech baby monitors that track infants vital signs as they sleep may do more harm than good.
Writing in the JAMA medical journal, child health experts at the University of Pennsylvania suggest these new trendy gadgets can trigger panic if they get the signs wrong.
“There is no evidence that consumer infant physiologic monitors are life-saving, and there is potential for harm if parents choose to use them,” the authors write.
A lot of these new devices will send alerts to the parents’ smartphone if there is a change in the baby’s breathing rate or pulse.
All they do is create ‘fear and self-doubt’ among the parents of healthy babies, doctors argue.
They are pinned to a baby’s clothes or worn as a wristband – and some even come as a ‘smart sock’ with sensors sewn into the material and range in price from $100 to $250 dollars.
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