Frequently asked questions
+ What is hypothermia?
By definition, hypothermia occurs when the body’s core temperature falls below 36.5ºC (97.7ºF). The word hypo means “below”, and the word thermia (or thermē in Greek) means “heat.”
+ Why should I protect my baby from hypothermia?
Because babies are small, they can very easily become cold (hypothermic). When they become cold, their body burns fat-stores to stay warm. Unfortunately, as a consequence of this the baby doesn’t gain weight, the sugar and oxygen levels in the body drop, the organs are at a serious risk of damage, and the baby can die.
+ Does every baby need protection from hypothermia?
- Yes. It is widely considered as a safe and best practice to keep your newborn warm from the day of birth. However, the most at-risk newborns who lose temperature easily are those born pre-term and with a low birth-weight. Low birth-weight is defined as any newborn weighing less than 2.5kg.
- Regular temperature monitoring is known to be one of the most effective ways to ensure healthy weight gain. To bridge this gap, we developed the TempWatch - a hypothermia monitoring device to provide continuous thermal care monitoring for neonates during their first four weeks of life. This enables caregivers to provide improved thermal care which in turn helps to prevent hypoglycemia, poor weight gain, and death in newborns.
+ What kind of training do I need to use TempWatch?
Using TempWatch is simple: if the baby’s temperature drops to an unsafe range, the bracelet creates an audio-visual alert by playing an alarm tune/sound and flashing an orange light.
+ My TempWatch is sounding an alarm. What action do I take?
When the bracelet alarms, there are 2 simple steps to take
- Swaddle your baby – wrap your baby in a layer of warm clothing. Use a cap to cover the head, mittens to cover the hands, and socks to cover the feet.
- Kangaroo Care – Also known as skin-to-skin contact, place your newborn directly against your chest to provide warmth. This is the most natural way to offer thermal care and can easily be done at home by all family members. To learn more about Kangaroo Care, please click here.
- If the alarm continues to sound despite taking action, please contact your doctor as this could be symptomatic of an underlying condition such as sepsis, hypoglycemia, hypoxia or other illness.
+ Is TempWatch safe for my baby?
Yes. Made from 100% medical grade silicon rubber, TempWatch is radiation-free, and is designed to ISO certified standards.
+ Will it fit my baby?
- The TempWatch device is designed to fit babies weighing between 800g – 3kg.
+ What age-group is TempWatch suitable for?
TempWatch is suitable for newborns who are premature/ low birth weight who weigh between 800gms and 3Kgs.
+ Is TempWatch water-proof?
The device is water-resistant but not water-proof. If your baby licks the device, do not worry! However, the device should not be submerged underwater and should be taken off during bath.
+ Are the different colored bands for different purpose?
No. The functionality of the device is same regardless of the device color; they are simply different color options of the same device. We will send you whichever color is available in stock.
+ Does the device require a doctor’s prescription?
No. The TempWatch does not mandate a prescription and is designed to be used at home! While TempWatch may be available at your hospital’s pharmacy or prescribed by your doctor, you can easily order on Amazon or order on our website. and extend the same level of hospital care for your newborn at home.
+ How long can I use TempWatch for my baby?
This device is designed to monitor & alert for hypothermia 24×7 for a period of four weeks. These four weeks, known as the neonatal period, is the most critical time and warrants special attention for your newborn.
+ How can I clean TempWatch?
- Any wipes used to clean baby products are also safe to clean the device.
- DO NOT sterilize or submerge under water!
+ Where can I buy it?
+ What is KMC and why is it important?
Kangaroo mother care is an essential method of care of preterm or low birth weight infants. It is a powerful, easy-to-use method to meet baby’s needs for warmth, breastfeeding, protection from infection, stimulation, safety and love. The method involves infants being carried with prolonged skin-to-skin contact, especially with mother.
+ Why does my baby need KMC? / How do I know if my baby needs KMC?
KMC helps babies gain weight, improves breastfeeding and reduces chances of mortality. KMC is advantageous for all babies but small babies (preterm/ LBW) benefit the most from prolonged Kangaroo Care.
+ Can I perform KMC for my baby even if he/she is not premature or low birth weight?
Yes. KMC can be given to infants born preterm as well as full-term to promote their health and well-being.
+ What is the correct way of doing KMC?
Place the baby between the mother’s breasts in an upright position, facing chest to chest with direct skin-to-skin contact (Ensure baby is naked except wearing a diaper, cap and socks). The head, should be turned to one side, in a slightly extended position to keep the airway open. The hips should be flexed and extended in a “M” position; the arms should also be flexed.
+ Will KangaSling fit me and my baby?
KangaSling has been designed to fit adults of all sizes and genders. It can be used for babies until they weigh 2.5 kgs.
+ How can I wash/clean KangaSling?
KangaSling can be hand washed or machine washed (on the delicate mode).
+ Is KangaSling safe for my baby?
KangaSling securely ties around your waste. It distributes your baby’s weight evenly on your shoulders and thus keeps your baby safe and secure. It is made of 100% cotton It has been tested and is absolutely safe for both yours and your baby’s skin.
+ How can I breastfeed using KangaSling?
KangaSling is designed to allow easy and frequent breast feeding. It has a front pouch with zippers in which your baby can fit comfortably. To breastfeed your baby, you can undo one of the zippers and slide your baby to breastfeed. KMC makes latching easier and holding the baby near the breast, stimulates milk production.
+ Can me and my baby wear clothes while giving KMC?
The mother can wear whatever she finds comfortable and warm in the ambient temperature over the KangaSling.When the ambient temperature is 22-24°C, the baby is carried in kangaroo position naked, except for the diaper, a warm hat and socks. When the temperature drops below 22°C, baby should wear a cotton, sleeveless shirt, open at the front to allow the face, chest, abdomen, arms and legs to remain in skin-to-skin contact with the mother’s chest and abdomen.
+ Can I use KangaSling as a baby carrier?
No, the KangaSling is used to provide KMC only. It is advised to use a baby carrier to carry your baby especially when going out.
+ What is the material of the KangaSling? Is it skin friendly for the baby?
The KangaSling is made of 100% cotton fabric. It has been tested for skin friendliness, color fastness, weight tolerance,pilling and is completely safe for you and your baby.
+ Is my baby's neck supported well inside the KangaSling?
KangaSling has a cushioned front with a curved top to support your baby’s head. The KangaSling also has a button and a button hole that lets you fold it to support the neck of a smaller baby.
+ Can I use the KangaSling if I had a C section?
There is no harm in wearing the KangaSling after C section unless the area starts paining after tying the knot. However, If the mother suffered complications during pregnancy or delivery or is otherwise ill, she should recover before initiating KMC.
+ Can I put the baby inside the KangaSling when I am sleeping?
Mother will best sleep with the baby in kangaroo position in a reclined or semi-recumbent position, about 15 degrees from horizontal. This can be achieved with with several pillows on an ordinary bed. Some mothers prefer sleeping on their sides in a semi-reclined bed (the angle makes sleeping on the abdomen impossible), and if the baby is secured inside the KangaSling there will be no risk of smothering.