Obstructive sleep apnea affects around 20 million Americans and can lead to hypertension, heart attack, stroke, depression, muscle pain, fibromyalgia, morning headaches, and excessive daytime sleepiness.

Friday, July 5, 2013

Symptoms of Infant Sleep Apnea

By and large, sleep disorders are experienced by adults. However, sleep apnea in children or even infants is not entirely uncommon. Sleep apnea is more prevalent in children born prematurely, but may also be caused by birth defects, bleeding in the brain, an imbalance in body chemistry, or heart problems.

The primary symptom of infant sleep apnea is breath cessation lasting for upwards of 20 seconds while sleeping. Many infants experience “periodic breathing” in which their breathing speed may fluctuate or breathing may cease for a few seconds while they sleep. While this may seem like sleep apnea, it is common and nothing at all to worry about.

You should discuss your child’s symptoms with a doctor if breath cessation occurs several times during sleep and is:

  • Longer than 15 seconds at a time
  • Accompanied by gagging or gasping for air
  • Turing your child blue or purple

These are signs of sleep apnea and need to be brought to the attention of a physician immediately. Sleep apnea can be fatal to infants, making it important to contact your doctor at its first symptoms.

If your infant is showing any of the signs of sleep apnea, please contact I Hate CPAP today to find a qualified physician in your area.

posted by Admin at 7:01 AM