Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Lin | 2012-02-29

Q.

5 week old stops breathing

Good morning Doc!

I have a 5 week old little girl. She was born at 38 weeks and 5 days. Her APGAR was 9/10 and then 10/10. We went home on day number 3. On the 6th night she stopped breathing. The baby movement monitor went off. We had such a fright, but thought maybe the monitor was faulty. We then watched her. She stopped breathing for a second time and this time when we gently shook her she actually took a gulp of air. This happened twice more that night. I took her to the Paed the next morning. She ran a bunch of test but couldn''t find anything wrong. She prescribed Nuelin 1ml 12 hourly.

Since that night she would stop breathing every 2nd or 3rd night. I would gently shake her, she would gulp for air.

Her father has sleep apnea and has to wear a CPAP machine. Could this be related? What can I do? What other steps can we take as I''m starting to freak out because it isn''t going away like the paed said.

Please assist.
Thanks!

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

Your baby was virtually fullterm when she was born and it very unusual for her to be having such obvious apnoeic episodes.The reason why your baby who was not born prematurely is having apnoea needs to be investigated. This is unlikely to be related to her Dad's sleep apnoea. The usual treatment for apnoea in infants is theophylline,the same as Nuelin.This is not helping your little baby. This is a very frightening experience for you. Your baby really needs to be seen by the paediatric neonatologist at the hospital where she was born. The actual cause of her apnoea needs to be found urgently.Please take your baby there ASAP.

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