When exposed to opioids before birth, some newborns experience painful withdrawal, including frantic breathing, racing heart rates, constant crying, and tremors. Thanks to a National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant we are pursuing FDA clearance for our bassinet pad to improve the treatment of newborns with neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome or NOWS.
Apnea of Prematurity
When preterm newborns stop breathing for 20 seconds or more, caffeine is prescribed more than any other treatment. Even after caffeine, most newborns continue to experience apneas, triggering alarms causing a rush to wake them up to get them breathing again. Prapela is developing an incubator pad that will reduce apneas without disrupting sleep.