Do Baby Monitors Reduce the Risk of Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy?

There is no scientific evidence that electronic baby monitors are of any assistance in preventing SIDS and have played no part in the dramatic reduction in SIDS deaths in Australia.

Monitors are not indicated for normal healthy babies and toddlers

  • There is no scientific evidence that using any type of monitor will prevent a sudden unexpected infant death.
  • Some manufacturers of home monitors make false claims that they prevent sudden death
  • Monitor use is disruptive for most families and unnecessary for most babies
  • Monitor use is helpful for some babies and some families.
  • Monitors should only be used under the supervision of a doctor or nurse

The reduction in the number of babies dying of SIDS has come about because parents have been made aware of ways to sleep baby safely such as placing baby on the back to sleep from birth, sleeping baby with face uncovered, not smoking during pregnancy or after the birth, and by providing a safe sleeping environment.

For further in depth information on this topic, see our Red Nose Information Statement Home Monitoring.

Last modified: 7/2/17

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