Skip to main content

Home Apnea Monitor for Infants

Medically reviewed by Last updated on May 6, 2024.

What is an apnea monitor?

An apnea monitor is a device that monitors how well your baby is breathing. The apnea monitor is connected to your baby's chest with a belt or sticky pads. The belt and sticky pads have sensors that measure your baby's breathing rate and heart rate. The monitor alarm will sound when your baby stops breathing or takes shallow breaths. It will also sound if your baby's heart rate is lower or higher than it should be.

Why may my baby need an apnea monitor?

How do I use an apnea monitor?

You will be taught how to use the monitor before your baby leaves the hospital. You will be taught how to attach the monitor to your baby and what the alarms mean. You will also be taught what to do if the monitor alarm sounds. Check the monitor's user manual if you forget any directions. Your baby's healthcare provider will tell you when to use the monitor. The provider may tell you to use the monitor all of the time or only while your baby is sleeping.

What can I do to keep my baby safe while I use an apnea monitor?

What should I do if the apnea monitor alarm sounds?

How do I give my baby CPR?

What can I do to care for my baby's skin while I use the monitor?

Call your local emergency number (911 in the US) if:

When should I call my baby's pediatrician?

Care Agreement

You have the right to help plan your baby's care. Learn about your baby's health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your baby's healthcare providers to decide what care you want for your baby. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

© Copyright Merative 2024 Information is for End User's use only and may not be sold, redistributed or otherwise used for commercial purposes.

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.