Infant Sleep Apnea Facts

Infant sleep apnea can affect any baby, but it’s far more common in babies born prematurely. The condition describes a pause in breathing that lasts longer than 20 seconds. Many babies experience pauses in breathing lasting anywhere from 5-10 seconds. They may breathe faster or slower for a period of time, then experience a pause before normal breath resumes.

In cases of sleep apnea, however, a baby may choke or gasp after a lengthy pause and in some cases even turn blue. These extended pauses are cause for concern and may indicate sleep apnea. Review our articles to learn how to spot sleep apnea in your baby, how to treat it and what complications it may cause.