Baby Monitoring

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Paul Dhillon

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Heat Index - Light – Noise – Air Pressure - Air quality - Vibration

The need to reduce environmental health risks for children - The World Health Organization (WHO)

Reducing environmental risks could prevent 1 in 4 child deaths. In 2012, 1.7 million deaths in children under five were attributable to the environment. Environmental risks have an impact on the health and development of children, from conception through childhood and adolescence and also into adulthood. The environment determines a child’s future: early life exposures impact on adult health as fetal programming and early growth may be altered by environmental risk factors. Adverse environmental conditions and pollution are a major contributor to childhood deaths, illnesses and disability, particularly in developing countries

The importance of creating a healthy sleep environment

It is estimated that infants sleep for 50 to 60 percent of the day, and the environment around your children is critical to their health and growth. Traditional baby monitors allow you to watch or listen to your infants but fall short in monitoring their environmental health. The butterfly provides you with practical feedback on environmental conditions, allowing you to maintain a healthy space for your children. It is best to place the Butterfly as close as possible to your Baby’s environment. For example, Infants’ eyes let in more light and are much more sensitive than adults’ eyes and so just a short blast of bright light can suppress melatonin and its sleep-promoting effect. Sleep is vital for a baby’s development and growth. It’s scientifically proven that the type of light you use at bedtime and during the night can have a serious impact on the baby’s sleep (and yours!). If you have a young baby who is overstimulated or overtired, putting them in a pitch-black room will help them relax. Babies do not require nightlights because any light is stimulating and can prevent them from falling or staying asleep. The Butterfly triggers at a Lux level of 500 (twilight), when your baby is asleep, allowing you to not just remember to turn off lights, but also protect from any external light sources for the outside light street lamps or neon signs.

Noise and its effects on child development

Children and babies are particularly at risk for harm from excessive noise exposure. Their ear canals are not fully developed, and a baby’s auditory faculty is more sensitive than an adult’s. That’s why it’s vital to prevent noise exposures and create safe environments for them. As a rule of thumb, babies should not be exposed to noise levels over 60 decibels. For reference, a quiet conversation is between 50 and 55 dB and an alarm clock is 80 dB. The Butterfly triggers notifications greater than 35dB which is a comfortable environment for sleep and will also notify you if your baby wakes or cries.

Why good air quality is critical for babies

Infants take in higher volumes of air per unit of body weight, which means they are prone to more inhalation exposure compared to adults within the same environment. There are health risks to babies from pollutants (VOCs) in the home. Early contact with pollutants among the very young is associated with higher rates of chronic illness such as asthma, loss of intelligence, ADHD

VOCs (Short for Volatile Organic Compounds) refer to chemical substances that are commonly found in indoor air. They can be emitted through a process known as off-gassing from many common household items and consumer products including processed wood, carpet fabric, sofa materials, cleaning products, freshly painted walls, new cushions, and mattresses. In a study carried out at the The University of Texas, 20 baby mattresses made of polyurethane and polyester were tested for VOC emission. Researchers found that all the mattresses produced VOCs and that new mattresses produced up to 4 times more VOCs (in terms of volume) than older mattresses. The mattresses that were tested in the study came from 10 different manufacturers, which means that the presence of VOCs in mattress and cushion foams are an industry-wide problem.

VOCs are dangerous for all humans, but their effects are more pronounced in newborns. If your baby is exposed to VOCs, especially those with hormone-disrupting properties, (s)he could suffer from respiratory complications or allergic reactions. Prolonged exposure to VOCs and EDCs (endocrine-disrupting chemicals) has been linked to neurodevelopmental issues, childhood obesity, asthma, and other conditions. Mothers who are exposed to VOCs with hormone-disrupting properties are more likely to bear children with birth defects. It’s therefore important that if you are a new mother (or a soon-to-be new mum), you should take steps to eradicate the VOCs in your home and your environment in general. The Butterfly monitors VOCs and will trigger at an IAQ greater than 100, suggesting ventilation or treatment of the causing effect, if high VOC readings are still present

Maintaining a healthy environmental temperature and the importance of 'Heat Index"

Lots of parents think that they need to keep their baby bundled and extra warm, but this isn’t true. It’s crucial that your baby has a stable temperature that isn’t too hot or cold. In fact, the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) goes up if your baby becomes too hot. Children are at risk of SIDS throughout their toddler years, but the highest risk is within the first six months of life.

The recommended room temperature for babies is between 65 F-70 F. The Butterfly monitors temperature and notifies you when temperatures fall outside this range but more importantly monitors the heat index (“feels like”). The heat index is a measure of how hot it really feels when humidity and other factors are considered along with the temperature. This provides a much better guide than the temperature for controlling your infant’s environment, with Butterfly notifications set when the heat index exceeds 65 F.


Because babies are more vulnerable to moisture loss (low humidity), and their airways are much smaller than ours, they are particularly sensitive to the drying effects of dry air. They are more likely to get bloody noses, dry cracked skin, get sick more often, and may experience more severe complications from seasonal illnesses. The EPA recommends keeping indoor humidity levels to between 30-60%. Some baby experts suggest keeping humidity slightly higher than for adults, around 55% RH. Some experts also suggest slightly higher temperatures too, between 68°F and 70°F (20°C to 21°C).  Too high humidity can compromise an environment with mold and allergens. Rapid changes in temperature, it's suggested, can be particularly stressful for newborns because they are less able to adapt by regulating their internal temperatures.

Butterfly - Your Baby's personal environmental health protection

A thermostat on a wall only provides temperature feedback at that location, and not actual environmental conditions at the location of your Baby. The Butterfly is a portable battery operated personal environmental monitoring device, notifying you if any key environmental conditions will effect your baby's health; allowing you to take action. In addition the above, The Butterfly also monitors air pressure and is set to notify if it drops less than 1007 hPa, which has been linked to sinus and headaches and the internal vibration sensor can also be used to monitor and notify you of consistent movement in the crib.

Settings are based on EPA, WHO and university settings for the ideal environment and can easily be adjusted if desired. Keep a Butterfly in the baby's crib and take one with you when you travel with the Baby.  The Butterfly will empower you to mitigate harmful, rapid changes in conditions.

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