Can A Baby Have Sleep Apnea?

If you watch a baby sleep, you will see that its breathing is very regular at about 20-30 times a minute.  But be aware that babies can have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). And babies that have sleep apnea do not have reflexes as well developed as adults.  That means that we have to be more careful with our children and watch their sleep!

What Symptoms Do Babies With OSA Have?

If your baby has one or more of the following symptoms, have the baby checked at a sleep clinic.

  • Frequent disturbances or awakenings during sleep
  • Noisy breathing or snoring
  • Abnormal sleeping positions particularly with the butt up in the air
  • Always tired, hard to stay awake during the day
  • Bedwetting
  • Difficulty breathing, even when awake
  • Common fussiness and irritability
  • Large tonsils and multiple ear infections
  • Premature birth or high birth weight

When To Be Concerned!

If breathing pauses are longer than 10 seconds and occur more than once per hour, it is likely the child has OSA and needs to be seen at a sleep center! taken care of.  The consequences are:

  • Lung damage
  • Cardiovascular disorders because of low oxygen in the blood.
  • Developmental problems like ADHD when older.
  • Nutritional deficiencies leading to poor physical/mental growth.

If, at any time, your baby seems to be turning blue, he will need CPR and you should call emergency services!