How can I tell if my baby has sleep apnea?
What are symptoms of infant sleep apnea?
- Have prolonged pauses in breathing that last 20 seconds or longer.
- Have patterns of repeated pauses in breathing that last less than 20 seconds.
- Have related problems such as low oxygen or a slow heartbeat.
- Have needed resuscitation or other urgent care.
How can you prevent sleep apnea in babies?
All children, but especially those with pediatric obstructive sleep apnea, should be kept away from exposure to tobacco smoke or other indoor allergens or pollutants, as they can cause airway irritation and congestion. Weight loss. Doctors may recommend that your child lose weight if he or she is obese.
What are the warning signs of sleep apnea?
Signs and symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea include:
- Excessive daytime sleepiness.
- Loud snoring.
- Observed episodes of stopped breathing during sleep.
- Abrupt awakenings accompanied by gasping or choking.
- Awakening with a dry mouth or sore throat.
- Morning headache.
- Difficulty concentrating during the day.
What can cause apnea in infants?
There are many reasons why a baby may have periods of apnea including brain immaturity (Apnea of Prematurity), neurological issues, heart disease, gastrointestinal issues, infectious causes and genetic issues. In some cases, we cannot find a reason for the apnea. Normally, the brain controls breathing automatically.
Can reflux cause sleep apnea in babies?
Children with reflux can present with elevated central apneas on sleep study. A 30° angle elevation of the head of the bed may decrease the central apnea index in children with GER.
How does sleep apnea affect a child?
Effects of untreated sleep apnea in children
Untreated sleep apnea leads to long periods of disturbed sleep, resulting in chronic daytime fatigue. A child with untreated sleep apnea may have difficulty paying attention in school. This can result in learning problems and poor academic performance.
Why does my baby stop breathing?
Apnea is a condition in which a baby periodically stops breathing for more than 15 to 20 seconds. Premature infants, particularly those born more than seven weeks early, may suffer from apnea from time to time. While in the womb, babies receive oxygen from the mother’s placenta.