Childhood Diseases

Posted by: chanty | 2009/03/23


Sleep Problem


I wonder if you could give me some insight/advice.
My baby is 14 months old, since he was born I have had him sleep on an Angel Care monitor pad. When he was about 2 weeks old the monitor went off in the middle of the night and I jumped up and picked him up and he started crying. Then it happened again in the afternoon when he was sleeping when he was about 6 weeks old. Now, when he was a bit older, my husband put him down to sleep and while he was standing watching our son, the monitor went off, but my son was in fact breathing. Now, we are not sure if he did indeed stop breathing previously. I know it is normal for infants to have a pause in breathing for about 20 seconds.

My son is a very restless sleeper, he cries during the night, he had reflux until recently, and he snores and he has asthma, or so the paediatrician says. The other morning my son was put in bed with us to sleep, and while he was sleeping he took a deep gasp and started crying, does this mean he stopped breathing? I was holding him in my arms the other night because he couldnt sleep and during this time I noticed that he would breathe very shallow and then start moaning. What could be the problem?

Thank you in advance for your response.

Expert's Reply



It is a bit difficult to be sure about exactly what is causing your monitor to go off like this. These monitors are usually very effective and sensitive. I am concerned that you say that your baby snores. Babies should not snore. It means that your baby has a blocked nose. If his nose is blocked and he is snoring he may be having a problem called sleep apnoea where he will not breathe for quite long periods. This is probably why the alarm is going off. I would take this very seriously. Please contact your paediatrician ASAP and inform him/ her that your baby is snoring and appears to be having periods of sleep apnoea.

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