Why paediatricians are worried about baby monitoring apps

Paediatricians are warning parents against using smartphone apps that monitor a sleeping infant's vital signs with the aim of preventing SIDS.

Apps that monitor respiration and send out alerts if an infant stops breathing or has oxygen desaturation have the potential to cause anxiety, false alarms and unnecessary doctor visits, say child health experts this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Professor Chris Bonafide, a paediatrician at the University of Pennsylvania, says there has been a boom in sales of smartphone apps — such as Owlet