Years before becoming a mom, Lauren Stricker knew she wanted an Owlet Sock for her future child. An Owlet Sock is placed on an infant’s foot while they sleep. It monitors the child’s heart rate and oxygen levels to give parents peace of mind.
So when Stricker and her husband welcomed their first child into the world just months ago, Stricker wrote on Facebook that they “started using the Owlet as soon as he was discharged home from the hospital”:
Our son was born full-term (40 weeks + 5 days) without any issues, in Oklahoma. We started using the Owlet as soon as he was discharged home from the hospital and we didn’t experience any red alarms.
Then at three weeks old, Stricker and her little family moved from Oklahoma to Denver, Colorado. That’s when the Owlet began indicating that their son Decklan’s oxygen levels were low:
Our first night we experienced 3 red alarms (meaning his oxygen level dropped below 80%). The following day his oxygen was in the mid 80’s and low 90’s while awake (newborns should be 95-100%). I decided to call the pediatrician and they sent us to urgent care and from there we were admitted to the NICU at Children’s Hospital in Denver. He was discharged home on oxygen and will be on it 24/7 for 5 weeks until he’s 2 months old, minimum. He will also be seeing a cardiologist as a precaution, to make sure it’s nothing more than an adjustment to the altitude.
The mom told Dearly that moving from Oklahoma to Denver with a three week old was something they consulted over with their pediatrician.
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They were given suggestions on how to make the move most comfortable for Decklan and did exactly that. They could have never known beforehand that this is how their baby boy would react to the move:
“We asked our pediatrician about traveling by car from OK to CO at his age. We were told to stop frequently to take him out of the car seat, which we did. And we stopped for at least 30 min to an hour each time. Also, our CO pediatrician said that they see many babies born in CO (and Salt Lake City is also another place) that have oxygen issues and need supplemental support. So even if our son had been born in CO this could’ve still happened. There was no way to foresee it being an issue. We took all the precautions we could, including driving instead of flying so that the change in altitude would be slower and he could adjust. So with the go-ahead given by our pediatrician, we took the precautions and made the trip.”
Now, Stricker wants other parents on the fence about spending the money on an Owlet Sock to know how worth it, it truly is. She wrote on Facebook:
Thanks to the Owlet we were alerted to an oxygenation issue, we might not have otherwise realized he had. So if you wonder if the Owlet works or is worth the money, we can definitely tell you that it does and it is.
And as far as how Stricker’s little boy is doing, she told Dearly, “My son is doing great, he has since been weaned off oxygen, and we continue to use the Owlet for peace of mind.”