It’s a fact, babies need fat. Without fat, babies are at risk for life-threatening issues like losing body heat which leads to hypothermia. They develop breathing problems.
The problem is that in poorly developed countries, without a lot of medical resources, there is a high incidence of premature and low weight babies. In these areas, the majority of hospitals and clinics can’t afford incubators that will keep babies ward. To add to the problem, the parents of preemies don’t know their babies are in danger until it’s too late.
Fortunately, a new temperature-monitoring bracelet that fits on a baby’s wrist has been invented to let parents know if their babies are getting too cold. It’s called the Bempu. The bracelet sounds an alarm and flashes orange so that Mom’s are alerted to warm the baby’s with their skin or to swaddle them. The cost for the light-up temperature monitoring bracelet is $28 compared to neonatal incubators that range from $2,000 to $7,000.
Bempu is a $28 light-up temperature-monitoring bracelet that fits on a baby’s wrist; it sounds an alarm and flashes orange if babies are too cold which alarms mothers to warm their babies against their skin or wrap them with blankets.
The bracelet is a hypoallergenic and non-toxic silicone band that tracks temperature by touching the underside of a baby’s wrist. If the temperature fluctuates either too high or too low, the bracelet emits an alarm that turns off once the baby’s temperature is regulated. The main difference from a thermometer, says Morgan, is a built-in “call to action for parents.”
The founder and chief executive officer of the Bempu is Ratul Narain whos says the goal “is to make a solid dent in the neonatal mortality numbers”.
To date, the device has helped an estimated 10,000 newborns, mostly in India but also in 25 other countries. And earlier this year, it won a $2 million grant from Saving Lives at Birth to scale its distribution even wider.