New feature: Breathing pause, now tracked by raybaby

We’re thrilled to announce that breathing pause detection is now a raybaby feature, the only monitor in the market that offers this! Now, raybaby will also alert parents and caregivers when there’s a breathing pause of 10s.

Mums tell us about tiptoeing near the crib to check if their baby’s breathing okay. Some say they place their palm on the baby’s chest all the while hoping this won’t wake them up; others have figured ingenious ways of checking breathing without waking the baby, such as holding a mirror under the baby’s nose to watch it fog up. We understand this concern and we’ve often talked about wanting to mitigate this anxiety.

Newborn breathing has been of particular interest for us, at raybaby. We have spent a significant amount of time understanding how babies breathe. We found while rapid breathing was a cause for concern, the other end of the spectrum had breathing pauses, that could be anything from normal to fatal!

Newborns breathe at about 40 breaths per minute. Compare that with adults whose breathing is at 12-18 breaths per minute and it’s obviously much, much faster. Also, with newborns, the rate of breathing is not a steady hum.

If a baby is upset or cries, their breathing quickens. If they are overheated (too many layers of clothing?) or are running a fever, that too could cause fast breathing. Their breathing rate can go up to 60 breaths a minute but this should return to normal as the baby calms down or stops crying or when the fever’s gone.

But that’s not all. Did you know that periodic breathing is unique to newborns? This takes place during sleep and is a pattern of rapid breathing followed by a slowing down, and a pause before rapid breathing resumes. This is more common in prematurely-born babies, and a parent may not even notice it. While newborns outgrow this pattern of breathing, parents do worry about the pauses. What’s normal and what’s not?

Babies use their diaphragm to breathe but when there are breathing-related issues, other muscles like stomach or chest come into play. Sometimes, the trunk, lips, face turn blue – indicators of severe distress and a medical emergency. ALTE or Apparent Life-Threatening Event refers to pauses of 20 seconds or longer, when the baby turns blue, and is not responsive.

Sleep apnea describes a condition when there’s an extended and potentially dangerous breathing pause. Apnea is known to occur in premature babies because of a weak or underdeveloped nervous system. But airway obstruction could also be a culprit, in anyone. Apnea requires medical intervention to determine its cause because a breathing pause of 20 seconds or more means reduced oxygen and increased carbon dioxide, with possible loss of consciousness. For parents, if you think you baby exhibits instances of breathing pauses, we strongly recommend medical intervention.

As a parent, your concerns are real and you may go often to your sleeping baby and check on their breathing to feel assured that they are okay. With a raybaby around, we hope to take away a little bit of that anxiety, especially with the addition of the breathing pause detection feature.

We’ve got a few other updates to raybaby!
The video is now more sensitive to low light conditions, and we’ve eliminated instances of false night vision triggers (such as extra light in the room on opening the door at night). We’ve also included a ‘Firmware Revert’ option in case of a power outage during a firmware update. The device will recognize a firmware update failure and automatically return to the previous version.

And since you asked, here are the steps to update firmware:

1. Click on the Dashboard Panel (three dashes on the top left corner on the homepage) —–> Settings —–> Device Settings —–> Download Device Update. The update should begin automatically. If it doesn’t, click on ‘Check for firmware update.’ The new firmware will download and install automatically.

2.   Once installed, the device will restart – indicated by a blinking red LED – and will search for the primary internet connection. A stable LED light confirms a successful update.

3.   If the device LED fails to turn a stable red (or) blinks green (or) turns orange (or) does not come on, it means that the device has failed to restart correctly. If this happens, simply unplug and re-plug the power cord.  If you have reset the device, we recommend that you reconfigure raybaby via the app by going to Settings > Raybaby device settings > Reconfigure raybaby. This will take you to the Scan screen, from where you scan the QR code and complete set up.

There’s a step-by-step video of how to do a firmware update here.

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