Infant sleep apnea
What is infant sleep apnea?
Infant sleep apnea is a condition where a baby stops breathing during sleep for twenty seconds or longer. Infant sleep apnea is much more common in premature babies (preemies) or babies with other medical conditions and diseases. If you suspect your baby has sleep apnea contact your doctor immediately. Sleep apnea in infants can be diagnosed through testing.
Causes of infant sleep apnea
Infant sleep apnea can happen due to a blockage of the airways, such as with reflux or other respiratory diseases (asthma, allergies or hay fever), or by the brain not signaling the body to breathe as it should such as with an immature nervous sytem. An obstruction of the airways can also be caused by enlarged tonsils or adenoids, although these are more common in children than infants.
Symptoms of infant sleep apnea
Symptoms of infant sleep apnea can include but are not limited to any of the following:
Treatments for infant sleep apnea
If your baby has stopped breathing touch or nudge him, gently at first to elicit a response. If there is none immediately call 911. Treatments for ongoing infant sleep apnea can include medication, surgery, or your physician may choose no treatment in the hopes that it will go away as your baby matures.
Safety measures for infant sleep apnea
If you suspect infant sleep apnea discuss it with your doctor and follow any treatments he recommends. At home and in the car there are several safety measures you can take.
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