How We Survived RSV + Coronavirus With The Owlet
In the role of parenting children, I don't think that there is anything more nerve-wracking than your babies being really sick. My first baby truly never got sick until after she had turned one. She had a few ear infections but that was it. We had our second in August and apparently, mother nature decided it was time to shake things up a bit in our household.
Our little June turned four months old just before Christmas. We spent two weeks with family for the holidays, which was so much fun! But, the day after we got home, our three-year-old woke up coughing with a runny nose. June followed suit with the same symptoms the next day. Neither of them ever had a fever over 101, but they had this horrible persistent cough that just really started to concern me. We visited the doctor just three days after returning home from vacation, and June was diagnosed with RSV.
I used the Owlet with my oldest, and had been using it since day one with June, and had never had a false alarm. It did not sit right with me that it was suddenly "malfunctioning" when my baby had a respiratory virus. We took her into the doctor's office and took the Owlet with us so that we could compare it to the monitors the doctors used. We luckily got June to sleep so we could monitor her that way since that was when the alarms were going off, and her stats measured fine when she was awake in the ER. Guess what...THE OWLET READ EXACTLY THE SAME AS THE DOCTOR'S MONITORS!!!
The nurse was so surprised and was equally concerned that June had such low levels. As she ran out the door to get the doctor, the Owlet red-alarmed again. We were sent straight to the hospital. The thought was that parts of June's lungs were collapsing while sleeping because of the mucus. She was tested at the hospital and her tests came back positive for both RSV and Coronavirus, a completely different respiratory virus. Her respiratory system was getting rocked, and she was showing zero signs while awake.
She had good color, she was happy, she didn't have a fever, she was eating perfectly normal, and so on and so forth. Our doctor told me he is so grateful that we had the Owlet because we were able to catch it before she declined even more. Me too doc, me too!! We spent two days in the hospital on oxygen and being monitored as she fought through the worst of the viruses. Now she is completely happy and healthy and will forever more be sleeping with that amazing Owlet on her foot until the day she outgrows it.
I loved the peace of mind the Owlet gave me before this experience. Just being able to go to sleep knowing that if something was wrong out of the blue, I would be alerted. But, now I love it 1000 times more because I had it when something was wrong. Something was wrong that doctors at the ER missed simply because she was awake when they saw her, rather than asleep which was when her oxygen was tanking. It is worth every single cent in my eyes, as well as my husband's eyes, and he hates forking out money for baby products. If you are contemplating buying it, I very highly recommend that you find a way to make it work!
Written by: Alyssa Liston