Baby Cramp Simulator

A project in collaboration with a fellow student Niels van Rijsbergen

Babies cry a lot and considering they haven’t developed fundamental communication skills it can be hard for parents to figure out the reason for crying. This can be very frustrating and confusing for parents. The problem can be something that is sensory noticeable, such as a diaper that needs changing. On the other hand it can be a problem that isn’t immediately noticeable for instance intestinal cramps and acid reflux. 

Cramps or colic are violent contractions of the intestines that are accompanied by pain and crying fits. These cramps can be extremely painful for babies. Reflux occurs when the contents of the stomach are pushed back up into the esophagus Reflux in babies usually occurs because the sphincter between the esophagus and the stomach is not yet fully developed. 

The aim is to strengthen the bond between parent and child and for the parents to feel empathy for their child, thus creating a stronger intimate connection between them. The project gives parents more understanding about how the baby is feeling and what is going on. If the romper detects stomach cramps with the sound detector, a signal is sent to the band that the parents are wearing. The strap then gives a physical stimulus to the wearer. This allows the parents to understand why their baby is crying. The prototype was created using an elastic band connected to two servo micro motors, the arduino

and breadboard.