An apnea monitor checks the heart rate and respiration of the baby to make sure they are breathing properly. When either one falls below normal levels the apnea monitor beeps notifying the parent that something may be wrong. Newborns, especially premies, are often put on an apnea monitor to observe their breathing patterns.
Review Date: 8/10/2021
Reviewed By: Neil K. Kaneshiro, MD, MHA, Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.