Baby mon­i­tors give sound sleep

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Do you have a baby mon­i­tor sit­ting in a cup­board that you no longer use?

Epilepsy As­so­ci­a­tion of New Zealand South­land branch ed­u­ca­tor Dar­lene How­ell is keen to make con­tact with any­one who can do­nate one.

They can be used to alert fam­ily mem­bers and car­ers of epilepsy suf­fer­ers that some­one is hav­ing a seizure when they are sleep­ing.

‘‘The mon­i­tor takes away some of the par­ents’ fears and anx­i­ety, mean­ing they can get a sounder sleep.’’

Last month Epilepsy South­land re­ceived fund­ing from the Com­bined Ser­vice Clubs Med­i­cal Trust in South­land for three epilepsy em­fit tonic-clonic seizure mon­i­tors, which pick up any un­usual con­tin­ued shak­ing move­ment hap­pen­ing in a bed.

The alarm alerts a par­ent or carer when the per­son is hav­ing a seizure which means they do not need to be on con­stant alert, How­ell said.

‘‘Un­for­tu­nately the alarms on the seizure mon­i­tors are not very loud so if a per­son is in a bed­room away from the liv­ing area or up­stairs, es­pe­cially through the day, the alarm some­times can­not be heard.

‘‘Hav­ing a baby mon­i­tor next to the epilepsy seizure mon­i­tor trans­mits the sound from the alarm to a per­son in an­other room. A baby mon­i­tor can be used as a stand-alone unit, as it picks up any sound in a quiet room and a carer can be alerted quite quickly if a per­son is shak­ing in their bed.

‘‘A tonic-clonic seizure last­ing five or more min­utes, or go­ing into a sec­ond seizure straight away, can be life threat­en­ing,’’ How­ell said.

One South­land fam­ily wrote a note of ap­pre­ci­a­tion to the as­so­ci­a­tion about how the use of the two mon­i­tors to­gether eased their anx­i­ety while their daugh­ter slept and helped them get some much needed sleep.

‘‘Dona­tions of baby mon­i­tors can be used as an alarm sys­tem we can give out free of charge to fam­i­lies or car­ers of peo­ple with sus­pected night time seizures,’’ How­ell said.

‘‘Peo­ple can con­tact me at our of­fice in South­land Com­mu­nity House on 0800 374 537 or email­south­land@epilepsy.org.nz about any dona­tions of baby mon­i­tors, with each one be­ing a spe­cial gift for a fam­ily and hugely ap­pre­ci­ated.’’

‘‘The mon­i­tor takes away some of the par­ents' fears and anx­i­ety, mean­ing they can get a sounder sleep.’’

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