We’re here all hours of the day and night to help
We know your heart stops when your baby’s breath stops, so we embrace families from the moment they are referred to the apnea program by their baby’s doctor. Breathing problems don’t follow a schedule. One of our nurses is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for any questions you may have.
They can be reached at:
- Children’s—Minneapolis: 612-813-5831
- Children’s—St. Paul: 651-220-6267
Preparing you to go home
A home apnea monitor detects breathing and heart rate. The monitor alerts you to check your baby by sounding two types of alarms.
- Beeping – warns you of a possible problem with your baby.
- Continuous – warns you of a possible problem with the equipment.
Once it has been determined that your baby needs a monitor, we’ll teach you how to recognize signs of a problem through our apnea monitor education program. A nurse from the apnea program will contact you to schedule training.
Meet with the home monitor company. This portion of the class will be conducted by a home monitor medical equipment company representative and takes place in the hospital. The apnea program staff will arrange the class at a time convenient for the family. The session includes:
- Explaining the company’s services
- Demonstrating how the monitor operates
- Correcting common problems
- Fitting the monitor belt on the baby
Meeting with the apnea program staff. This class consists of skills needed to respond to monitor alarms and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Everyone who will be involved in the care of the baby, such as grandparents, baby-sitters, and extended family members, are invited and encouraged to attend. The apnea program staff will schedule this 1.5 to 2 hour class. This class includes:
- Skills needed to respond to an infant who stops breathing (opportunity to practice on mannequins)
- Steps to take when a baby chokes
- What to do when the monitor alarm sounds
- The difference between real and false alarms
- Troubleshooting false alarms
Taking your child home with an apnea monitor can be stressful and Children’s is here to offer support. Once the baby is home, the apnea program will follow up with frequent phone calls and provide ongoing management of your baby’s apnea monitor.
Our team is with you every step of the way — even in the middle of the night. If you don’t know what to do when a monitor alarm rings or if you have a question, big or small, just call. We’re always on the other end. Children’s provides ongoing phone support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.