There is nothing more precious, nor fragile, than the life of a tiny baby. In those first developing weeks and months of life they need all the help that can be given. Much more is the need for a baby with respiratory problems, or those considered ‘at risk’ of cot death. Constant watching and checking only increases tension for parent and baby alike. Frustration can spill over to other members of the family.
With appropriate medical approval, NARA provides respiration monitors or apnoea alarms, and other medical equipment for use in the home, together with suitable ongoing support through our Community Care Programme (or palliative care where necessary). Our 24 hour helpline is available to provide help, information and advice to patients and other members of the family, or carers. Where possible, we try and put `like for like` parents in contact with each other so they may share thoughts that can make them feel so isolated. This has been greatly helped with the help of social media i.e. Facebook and Twitter, where mums (and dads) can share their concerns and experiences with ‘like-minded’ people, make friends, and just know that they are not ‘alone’. The equipment we use is solely medical and does not include baby listening devices such as those offered in many High Street retail outlets.
Our equipment alarms should a baby stop breathing allowing the parent, or carer for the child to give whatever action is necessary. In extreme cases resuscitation is required. It is therefore paramount that any person having charge of the baby for a sustained period of time is taught proper method. We suggest that a ‘hands on’ course with local Red Cross, St. John`s Ambulance, or maybe your local surgery, is taken.
We do not suggest that the use of this equipment guarantees the life of a baby. However, it will give every opportunity of assisting when needed. Many parents we have helped over the years have expressed the ‘peace of mind’ the equipment has given.
Over 300 babies die a year through sudden infant death syndrome in the UK. As apnoea does not always come under the umbrella of infant death syndrome, it`s very difficult to detect how many more babies or toddlers die from apnoea attacks, as some conditions that cause it can be very difficult to diagnose and indeed detect after death. It is like a silent stalker.
To get in touch with our medical team, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone our office – 01604 494960.