What should I do if my baby has sleep apnea?

The treatment depends on the severity and type of sleep apnea (CSA or OSA). For OSA, some infants will need surgery, but most will outgrow it as they get bigger and their upper airway gets larger. Others may need to be treated with oxygen to provide breathing support until they can outgrow it.

How can I help my baby with sleep apnea?

Treatment might include:

  1. Medications. Topical nasal steroids, such as fluticasone (Dymista) and budesonide (Rhinocort, Pulmicort Flexhaler, others), might ease sleep apnea symptoms for some children with mild obstructive sleep apnea. …
  2. Removal of the tonsils and adenoids. …
  3. Positive airway pressure therapy. …
  4. Oral appliances.

Does sleep apnea in babies go away?

Infants with sleep apnea may receive oxygen supplementation or need a machine to provide breathing support. They also may need treatment with medications. All of these options tend to be short-term treatments. Infant sleep apnea tends to go away as the child grows and matures.

What are the signs of sleep apnea in babies?

During sleep, signs and symptoms of pediatric sleep apnea might include:

  • Snoring.
  • Pauses in breathing.
  • Restless sleep.
  • Snorting, coughing or choking.
  • Mouth breathing.
  • Nighttime sweating.
  • Bed-wetting.
  • Sleep terrors.

Is sleep apnea in babies common?

The prevalence in infants is still unknown, but between one and five percent of all children have sleep apnea. When detected early, sleep apnea can be treated to prevent other long-term complications.

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What causes baby apnea?

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.

Does a pacifier help with sleep apnea?

The results show that the use of pacifiers improves the respiratory capacity of children that suffer from nocturnal apneas at night.

Does sleep apnea cause SIDS?

Research has not shown a clear link between apnea and SIDS. Even full-term newborns in the first few weeks of life may have brief periods of apnea. But this is not linked to SIDS.

Can a 5 month old have sleep apnea?

Any baby can have sleep apnea, but it’s much more common in babies who were born prematurely. In babies born before 37 weeks of pregnancy, it’s called apnea of prematurity. In babies born at 37 weeks or later, it’s called apnea of infancy. The more premature a baby is, the more likely he is to suffer from apnea.