Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Can infants have sleep apnea?

It makes sense that middle aged folks who have a weight problem can suffer from sleep apnea. As a matter of fact it is quite common among that group. Senior citizens can have it too along with teenagers who are overweight. But what about infants can they have sleep apnea?

It is considered normal for babies to have pauses in their breathing. But sleep apnea can occur with babies’ just adults and older children. The reasons are basically the same, some type of blockage in the back of the throat. Infants snore and that might be a sign of obstructive sleep apnea, where there is blockage in the airway causing infant to stop breathing. Enlarged tonsils may also be a factor.

A couple of the common signs of infants having sleep apnea are mouth breathing and restlessness, Along with a change in behavior. Premature babies are also considered at risk for sleep apnea.

This can lead to the serious condition of SIDs Sudden Infant Death syndrome. Respirator monitors are being used on infants that show the risk of SIDS or sleep apnea.

So it is important to remember that sleep apnea can occur at any age including during infancy.

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