New mHealth Solution May Help to Prevent SIDS

New mHealth Solution May Help to Prevent SIDS   Sudden Infant Death Syndrome SIDS mHealth Fraunhofer Institute for Reliability and Microintegration IZM Tragically, SIDS remains the leading cause of death for babies in the United States between 1-12 months of age. The peak age for SIDS death is 2 -4 months old. In fact, 90% of cases occur between 1 – 6 months.

While there remain numerous unanswered questions about the cause of SIDS and what can be done to prevent it, one thing is certain: nothing presently helps mitigate the threat of SIDS more than increased awareness. And a new mHealth solution is gaining attention in response to the awareness its raising in the effort to end SIDS.

The German-based Fraunhofer Institute for Reliability and Microintegration IZM is behind a new wearable baby clothing that deploys highly malleable circuit boards made from polyurethane ironed into a child’s “romper suit.”

Parents and caretakers now have a sophisticated solution for monitoring breathing on the baby’s chest – a critical component of preventing Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

“The circuit board we have developed can be manufactured using routine industrial processes, meaning a high throughput and, consequently, good cost-efficiency,” says Manuel Seckel, scientist at the IZM. “Furthermore, components can be positioned on it just as precisely as on a standard board thanks to the stability of the stretchable substrate during processing. This stands in contrast to textile-based electronics, where one can expect an offset of up to five millimeters over a half-meter area.”

While research into SIDS and its prevention continues, for now, a growing number of medical professionals believe that today’s leading mHealth technologies are among our best resources for combating SIDS.

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