Pulse oximeters can be used in inpatient, outpatient, and even home settings, as recommended by a physician. This can be done with one of the following pulse oximetry methods:
The finger method is the most common way to get your baby's pulse oximetry.
When using this technique, the probe should be placed in the correct position on the finger, making sure not to clamp the device too tightly (which will restrict circulation) or too loosely (which may drop or allow other light to enter).
Your baby should feel a small amount of pressure, but the procedure should not be painful. Keep the pulse oximeter turned on until the pulse and oxygen saturation are displayed at the same time. When the reading is complete, remove the device from your finger.
Pulse oximetry can be obtained through the ear access. With this technique, a translucent probe clips onto your baby's earlobe and is connected to a monitoring unit that displays oxygen saturation levels.
Palm or sole approach
If it's a newborn, a finger or ear may still be too small to place the clip on, and the pulse oximeter may be attached to the baby's palm or foot.
In rare cases where fingers and ears are out of reach, the pulse oximetry reflex probe can be placed low on the forehead and positioned just above the eyebrows to ensure placement away from major blood vessels.
When using this method, the baby should be reclined. Then attach the head strap to the probe to hold it in place.
Yes, you can use a pulse oximeter such as a fingertip oximeter on a baby. In fact, it is a commonly used tool in healthcare settings to measure a baby's oxygen saturation level and heart rate. However, it is important to choose a pulse oximeter that is specifically designed for infants, as their fingers and toes are much smaller than those of adults. Additionally, it's important to follow the manufacturer's instructions carefully and ensure that the probe is securely attached to the baby's finger or toe. If you have any concerns or questions about using a pulse oximeter on your baby, it's best to consult with a healthcare professional.
Using a paediatric fingertip pulse oximeter on a baby can be a quick and non-invasive way to measure their oxygen saturation levels. Here are the steps to follow:
Choose an appropriate pulse oximeter: Make sure to choose a paediatric finger pulse oximeter. These are usually smaller in size and have probes that are designed to fit the smaller fingers or toes of babies.
Choose a comfortable position: Make sure your baby is comfortable and relaxed. You can place them on your lap, or on a soft surface such as a changing table or bed.
Choose the right finger or toe: The pulse oximeter probe needs to be attached to a finger or toe that has good blood flow. In general, the big toe or the index finger are good choices. Make sure to clean the area with alcohol before attaching the probe.
Attach the probe: Once you have chosen the finger or toe, attach the probe to it. Gently slide the probe over the finger or toe and secure it in place.
Wait for the reading: Once the probe is attached, wait for a few seconds for the pulse oximeter to register a reading. The reading will show the oxygen saturation level and heart rate.
Interpret the reading: A normal oxygen saturation level for a baby is between 95% and 100%. If the reading is lower than 95%, consult a healthcare professional immediately.
Remove the probe: Once you have obtained the reading, remove the probe and clean the area with alcohol.
It's important to note that pulse oximeters are not a substitute for medical care, and if you have any concerns about your baby's health, it's important to consult a healthcare professional.