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New invention could prevent SIDS deaths

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Posted at 5:41 PM, May 24, 2012
and last updated 2012-05-25 12:36:32-04

Researchers in Texas have made a medial breakthrough in the fight against Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, or SIDS.

They’re working on a wireless sensor system that would measure the amount of carbon dioxide being inhaled by sleeping babies. It would be able to detect if and when that baby stops breathing and notify the parents.

“And I thought well, this is a very good cause not only can we do research at the same time we can save a baby’s life. If it happens to be the baby we save is the next president of the United States or Einstein then we’ve done our job,” says JC Chiao, professor at the University of Texas at Arlington.

The sensor can be placed in a mobile or embedded in the crib, out of the baby’s reach.

Researchers still don’t have a timetable on when the device could be available in stores.