New Invention Could Help Reduce Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

National   |   Sarah Terzo   |   Feb 3, 2013   |   6:28PM   |   Washington, DC

Sudden infant death syndrome, also known as crib death, is responsible for the deaths of 7000 infants a year. Now a new invention has been made that might drastically reduce this number.

Researchers at The Fraunhofer Institute for Reliability and Microintegration IZM in Berlin have developed a circuit board made of polyurethane which can be put inside baby’s clothes and monitor the breathing of the infant.  If the child stops breathing, the device alerts parents, who can then render first aid and save the baby before it is too late.

This intervention can be vital, because a child can only go 4 to 5 min. without oxygen before brain damage and then death occurs.  The new invention gives those few critical minutes that would make the difference between life or death for the child.

The circuit board can be sewn onto a baby’s romper suit. It is made of polyurethane, which is both easy and cheap to produce.

According to Manuel Secker, a scientist at The Fraunhofer Institute for Reliability and Microintegration IZM, “The circuit board we have developed can be manufactured using routine industrial processes, meaning a high throughput and, consequently, good cost-efficiency.”

This means that the device will be affordable and within the reach of most families, even those that are low income.

The invention was made possible by the discovery of a new process of molding polyurethane which made the material more flexible and lightweight. It is not known exactly when this new technology will be available in the United States, but when it does become available, it has the potential to save many lives.

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