Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Sunshine1 | 2009/06/24


Apnoea/circulation problem in prem baby - desperate!


my baby was born prem at 34 weeks and weighed 2.7kg' s. he was discharged a week later and was feeding well etc for a while. He then started to have breathing problems and wasn' t drinking properly. he has been hospitalised 4 times now and they can' t find anything wrong.

He also had a low blood count and was given more blood, he is on an apnoea monitor as he has just stopped breathing several times. About two weeks ago he also had fluid on his lungs.

Over the weekend we rushed him to the emergency ward again as his hands and feet had turned blue/purple and the Dr just said it happens sometimes when you handle babies.

We have had his heart checked by a specialist, and that is fine. what else could it be? so far tests have picked up nothing and i am desperate for answers!

My baby is 7 weeks old now. PLEASE HELP!

Expert's Reply



It is not uncommon to encounter this problem in premature babies. It is known as apnoea of prematurity and your baby should be on treatment with a medicine called theophylline.Please find a paediatrician who will assist you with treating your baby.The apnoea problem will disappear once your baby is a little more mature.

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Posted by: Chris | 2009/07/01

My baby girl had the same problem, we did a milk test and found she had Gastro Oesophageal Reflux, the valve in the stomach was too wide hence she brings here milk up several times per feed which brings the apnae on, She had an operation called Fundoplication or Nissens and has been fine since, I would have a milk test done and change you Paed immediately

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