When Newborns and Infants Stop Breathing
Parents tend to worry about their newborns when they stop breathing and set up all sorts of safety monitoring. Every now and then a newborn will stop breathing for a few seconds. It is quite often occurring to the newborns and infants. Subsequent to this brief pause in breathing they take a deep breath to the frantic joy and sweet relief of the nearby parent. Delayed or irregular breathing as a newborn is general but if it continues into later life, it can become a complicated medical nightmare.
Sleep apnea is the name for such a condition when a person stops breathing while sleeping. It is more common in adults than children and small babies but the presentation is the same, interruption of a normal breathing pattern. Delayed breathing, long pauses and skipping breaths before starting to breathe again will lead to several other health problems.
The most common reason for this condition is when the body relaxes during sleep, the flesh around the neck and mouth collapse down cutting off oxygen to the lungs. The body chokes itself. If this happens five or more times in one hour, the medical diagnosis of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is given.
One simple solution for sleep apnea is to create an environment where the neck’s tissue does not cut off airflow. Lifestyles changes, oral mouthpieces and surgical correction to the inner throats structure will help a person troubled by apnea. The most common treatment is to use a sleep apnea machine at night.
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