R. P. K. Ford, MD, FRACP, Community Paediatrician. P. J. Brown, MB, ChB, Research Fellow. R. A. Dove, ME, Biomedical Engineer. C. S. Tuffnell, BE, PhD Student. P. M. Macey, BE, PhD Student.
HomeLog: Long-term recording of infant temperature, respiratory and cardiac signals in the home environment
Article first published online: 10 MAR 2008
Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health
Volume 28, Issue Supplement s1, pages S26–S32, August 1992
How to Cite
FORD, R. P. K., BROWN, P. J., DOVE, R. A., TUFFNELL, C. S. and MACEY, P. M. (1992), HomeLog: Long-term recording of infant temperature, respiratory and cardiac signals in the home environment. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 28: S26–S32. doi: 10.1111/j.1440-1754.1992.tb02728.x
- Issue published online: 10 MAR 2008
- Article first published online: 10 MAR 2008
- Accepted for publication 18 February 1992.
- home monitoring;
- sudden infant death syndrome;
Abstract There is increasing evidence that overheating is a contributing factor for some cot deaths. The authors' hypothesis is that infant thermoregulation is closely related to respiratory control. HomeLog is a system built to investigate the developing thermal, respiratory and cardiac behaviour of infants in the home environment over several weeks. HomeLong is based on a modified laptop computer. Signals recorded include body temperature (from rectal and various skin sites), ambient temperature, thoracic impedance, abdominal movement and electrocardiogram (ECG). Continuous night-time recordings have been made for up to 6 weeks from infants between 1 and 4 months of age, in their own cots, in their own homes. Various time and frequency domain analyses of the breathing and temperature data have been developed. Analysis of breath rate variability and of body temperature fluctuations has confirmed sleep/weke changes. In addition, a periodic oscillation of body temperature every 1–2 h has been found, which closely matches oscillations of breath rate variability.