Home monitoring for infants at high risk for the sudden infant death syndrome

Y. Sivan, A. Kornecki, A. Baharav, N. Glaser, Z. Spirer

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Abstract

The rate of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) In Israel is relatively low (0.5-0.9:1,000). Home cardiorespiratory monitoring (HM) is an accepted practice in infants at high risk for SIDS. We report our experience with 261 infants who were referred to our SIDS prevention program. They included: 52 preterm infants with apneas and bradycardias, 83 SIDS siblings (3 twins), 22 infants of drug-addicted mothers, and 104 infants after an idiopathic apparent life-threatening event (ALTE). HM was performed in 40 of 52 preterms, 38 of 83 SIDS siblings, all 22 infants of addicted mothers and 67 of 104 post-ALTE. All received 24 h/day medical and technical backup as well as emotional support, and were closely followed until 15 months of age. None of the 261 infants died. Five infants experienced six ALTEs that required resuscitative measures; another 28 infants had monitor alarms judged as real by the caregivers. The average duration of HM was 3.2 months (range 1-7). In 8 of 167 cases the parents stopped HM earlier than recommended, and in 34 of 167 cases (20%), parents continued HM beyond the time when discontinuation was recommended by the medical personnel. Among the caregivers, 85% found HM to be reassuring and stated that it helped them to conduct a normal life. We suggest that in our population, HM may have a favorable effect on family life. With close backup and support, most families will benefit from HM and will gain reassurance that will enable them to conduct normal life.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)45-49
Number of pages5
JournalIsrael Journal of Medical Sciences
Volume33
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1997
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Home cardiorespiratory monitoring
  • Sudden infant death syndrome

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