Bringing Up Baby
Soon after your little bundle of joy has arrived, you’ll be ready to take your new family home. St. Mary’s is ready to help you care for your baby—the information in this section will equip you to handle common health issues and potential problems you might encounter.
Caring for Children with Infant Sleep Apnea
Sleep disorders occur in more than 2 million children, and sleep apnea has been linked to many other problems such as SIDS, ADD, ADHA, autism, and obesity.
Is your child experiencing any of the following symptoms?
- Snoring with pauses
- Labored breathing while sleeping
- Gasping or choking
- Disrupted sleep
- Unusual sleeping positions
OR does your child have a history of any of the following?
- Apnea (no breathing)
- Bradycardia (decreased heart rate)
- Desaturation (decreased oxygen in the blood)
- Dusky (infant turns bluish in color due to decreased oxygen)
- Apparent Life-Threatening Event (ALTE)
- If so, he or she may qualify for a pneumocardiogram study (a 4-channel, 5-channel, or sleep study).
If your child exhibits these symptoms contact your pediatrician or family physician and inquire about having your child participate in a sleep study.
Car Seat Testing
It is recommended that any infant who is discharged home in a car bed should have a repeat car seat test. This testing should be completed prior to switching the infant to an infant car seat. We perform a 90-minute angle tolerance test at the hospital to determine if the infant can tolerate the position of the car seat.
For more resources about caring for your child's health, visit our online health resource center.