August 6 was a scary night for Ryan Golinski’s family.
However, thanks to an investment that Ryan and his fiancée Kate Crawford made before welcoming their newborn son into the world, everything turned out OK.
Now, Golinski is encouraging all new parents to invest in the sock that may have saved his baby boy’s life.
According to a Facebook post, Golinski and Crawford purchased a $300 gadget called the “Owlet Smart Sock.”Ryan Golinski
The makers of the sock call it the “better baby monitor.” It uses pulse oximetry to track an infant’s heart rate and oxygen levels and is designed to notify you if something appears to be wrong.
The smart sock is designed to attempt to prevent sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), which, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is the leading cause of death among infants in America.
Ryan doesn’t want to think about how their night could have ended had they not invested in the “Owlet Smart Sock.” He explained:
Last night around 3 a.m., the sock started alarming us something was wrong, which we thought was a false alarm because it said his heart rate was reading 286. But three resets later and it was still reading extremely high for an infant.
Golinski and Crawford quickly made their way to the hospital where they were told their son had a condition called supraventricular tachycardia, or SVT.
Very scary night last night. Kate and I invested 300$ into something called the owlet smart sock, which monitors the…
According to the Mayo Clinic, SVT is “a common type of heart rhythm disorder (arrhythmia) in which the heart beats faster than normal while at rest.” As a result of the heart pumping too fast, other organs and tissues may become deprived of oxygen.
The sock allowed them to catch the disorder before their son showed any other symptoms. Golinski wrote:
So everything is going well now and his heart is still extremely healthy, if we didn’t catch it as early as we did with that sock, his heart wouldn’t have been able to handle it and we could be dealing with something a lot more serious.
Golinski and Crawford both believe that every parent of a newborn should own the “Owlet Smart Sock.” Golinski hopes that by sharing his family’s story, it will help the Jamisen’s Grace Foundation raise enough money to donate the smart sock to families who need one.
According to the foundation’s official Facebook page, the charity was established in honor of Jamisen Shultz, an 8-and-a-half-month-old who passed away as a result of SIDS on June 9:
We want her name to live on by helping others and that is why we want to create this foundation. Our goal is to raise funds to help families by providing them with an Owlet to monitor there little one’s heart-rate and breathing. So much is not understood about SIDS.
The foundation points out that while the sock doesn’t prevent SIDS, it does give parents like Golinski and Crawford “the littlest peace of mind while their child is at rest.”