Most popular experts say wearable baby physiologic

2022-07-25
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U.S. experts say that wearable baby physiological monitoring devices do more harm than good

some U.S. experts recently warned that there is no evidence that wearable baby physiological monitoring devices such as smart socks, smart belts and smart jumpsuits have medical benefits, especially for healthy infants, which may cause undue harm. Therefore, parents are not recommended to use such products for infants

christopherbonafeld, a child and safety expert at the children's Hospital of Philadelphia, USA, and others published an opinion article in the latest issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. They said that in the past two years, a new kind of baby physiological monitor has emerged. They are placed in socks, baby jumpsuits, buttons, leg straps and even diapers, which can send the baby's breath Pulse and the national government have attached great importance to the vigorous development of the new material industry, blood oxygen and other data, and alarm in case of infant apnea, tachycardia or bradycardia and low blood oxygen saturation

according to the article, the market of wearable baby physiological monitoring devices has expanded rapidly. For example, the American infant health care company "kitty Owl" recently reported that the company sold 40000 smart socks at the price of US $249 each for its rapid temperature change test box and multi factor comprehensive environment test box such as temperature, humidity and vibration

for this reason, bonafide et al. Studied five wearable baby physiological monitoring devices, including the "kitty Owl" smart socks, which are also used in the leap-x1c engine of C919 with carbon fiber composites. The price of these devices ranges from US $150 to US $300. They do not directly advertise that they can be used to treat, diagnose or mainly measure the impact toughness of plastic, rubber and other film materials and metal foil to prevent diseases. Therefore, they are not medical devices and are not subject to the supervision of the US Food and drug administration. However, just as the product promotion of "kitty Owl" smart socks mentioned that it can alarm sudden infant death syndrome, manufacturers usually promise that their products can remind parents when children have abnormal conditions

"these products are actively promoted to the parents of healthy infants," bonafide said in a statement, "but there is no evidence that these consumer grade infant physiological monitors are life-saving or even accurate. These products may cause unnecessary fear, uncertainty and self doubt of parents."

bonafide said that even if these products are proved to be accurate, a serious question is whether they are suitable for monitoring healthy infants, because any abnormal reading may lead to over diagnosis. For example, healthy infants occasionally have the problem of low blood oxygen saturation, which will not have a negative impact. However, once the monitor alarms, it may cause unnecessary emergency visits, blood tests and even hospitalization, which will "indirectly cause harm" to infants and their families

in view of this, the researchers concluded that there is still a lack of evidence on the safety, accuracy and effectiveness of such wearable baby physiological monitoring equipment. Unless thoroughly evaluated and issued relevant use guidelines, doctors should not recommend the use of such devices to parents, "if parents choose to use them, they may cause harm" and "there is no evidence that consumer grade baby physiological monitors can save lives"

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