Embrace Infant Warmer Saves Babies' Lives

Apr 05, 2011
Babies that are born prematurely are at increased risk of various health problems that can have devastating consequences.

One of the most important things for a newborn baby is to make sure that the baby is kept warm enough, because the body temperature regulation is not fully developed in low birth and premature babies. In many hospitals you can find special incubators for this purpose. But not all people in the world have such an easy access to incubators.

Jane Chen, Linus Liang, Dr. Rahul Panicker, and Naganand Murty, former students of the Stanford University came up with the idea of developing a baby wrap called Embrace Infant Warmer that can save lives of millions of children.

The baby wrap looks like a small sleeping bag that helps keep babies' temperature warm and increase chances of survival in difficult circumstances. It is reusable, hypoallergenic wrap that has a sealed pouch that is heated with electric or non-electric unit and placed into the sleeping bag warmer. All that is needed is to heat the pouch and it will keep the necessary temperature for up to four hours. The material of the wrap absorbs extra heat, if the baby gets too hot or release heat if the baby gets too cold.

The concept itself is in the final stages of development and soon will be available in the developing countries.