Monday, May 28, 2012

Electronic pacifier helps preemies learn to suck


Babies who are born prematurely often don’t have the ability to make the sucking motions needed to get milk from mom or bottles.

So researchers designed an electronic pacifier to help them make the trip home faster.
IEEE Spectrum reports.

The pacifier senses when the baby is sucking correctly, and as a reward, plays a musical lullaby to encourage the baby to continue.

They call it the Pacifier Activated Lullaby (pictured). The details:

‘Proprietary piezo sensing technology’ detects the baby’s sucking motion.
Feedback algorithms determine when the breathe-suck-swallow reflex is correct, and a signal is sent through a wire to a speaker that plays music.

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