Sleep apnea in a 4 month

Kelly - posted on 08/08/2011 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My little girl is 4 months old and stopped breathing the other night luckly I woke up and got her breathing agian. I have taken her to the doctor and there seems to be no reason for the sleep apnea . My little girl was fullterm and is breastfeeding, I also cosleep. Does any one one else have a baby that has sleep apnea and how do you cope and keep them safe?

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Regina - posted on 05/17/2014

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My child is on a breathing monitor. N he stops breathing 2 3 times a night.It's scary, he 4 months old and it's only gotten worse. I had to take time off work in fear the baby sitter might not wake him up fast enough. Ever day I worry about sids . They say when you're kids sleep you sleep. That doesn't happen here. We have twin boys..someone is awake at all times in my house. Dad n I don't sleep more then 4 hours a night. But if it want for the machine he is on. I would never leave his side. I wish luck to any one that had to handle this. It's so hard. I wish my son didn't have it. And be careful sleeping with them. A lot can go wrong with that.

Ania - posted on 08/23/2011

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I would sleep with her. I you are breastfeeding let her nurse at night I think this would be the safest way

Denikka - posted on 08/22/2011

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Sleep apnea is not a full out stopping of breathing. What happens is the muscles holding the airway open start to relax, causing the airway to collapse. This jars the person to at least a partially awake state. It's much more of a stop-start-stop-start type of thing, not a full out stop. It's unlikely that someone would die because of sleep apnea (caused by stopping breathing). I've never heard of it actually. It can cause other problems, along with sever tiredness it can also cause heart problems.
Based on just what information you gave, I would say it's MUCH more likely that you had a near miss with a case of SIDs.
Jacquelyn is right though, nose to nose sleeping with a baby can help regulate their breathing. When the mother exhales, the CO2 in her breath causes the baby to inhale, keeping the cycle going.
I'm not sure what to suggest to prevent it (although sleeping nose to nose might be a good idea), but I do not believe the problem is sleep apnea.
I hope you never have to go through that again. Good luck with your little one :)

Jacquelyn - posted on 08/22/2011

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Did the dr diagnose it as sleep apnea? How long did she stop breathing? I know co-sleeping has been proven to be a good thing in situations like this because the mother's breathing helps regulate the baby's.

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