09.08.2015
Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome refers to episodic partial or complete blockage of the upper respiratory airway during sleep.
A baby suffering from this syndrome may show signs of excessive sweating at night especially during sleep.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome affects the sleeping pattern of the child, which results in laziness and sleepiness even after waking up.
Treatment for Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome involves keeping the throat open for proper upper airway flow. Central sleep apnea is a dangerous medical condition wherein because of damage to the brain stem (which controls respiration in humans) your new born baby or young one may stop breathing for more than 20 seconds a event known as an apnea. While it also occurs in adults, central sleep apnea in children is much more dangerous because of the increased risks of serious secondary medical conditions which can be caused by sleep apnea.


Colour Change: When central sleep apnea is severe, due to continued obstruction of the air tract, the oxygen concentration in the blood stream will be lowered to extreme conditions a condition known as asphyxiation. Drugs, Toxins: Exposure to toxins or drugs may damage the brain and cause central sleep apnea.
So definitely be more attentive to the body language and signs of the baby and especially if there is a suspicion of possible central sleep apnea problems.
Removals of adenoids and tonsils with the help of surgery or even continuous positive airway pressure by making the child wear a nose mask while sleeping helps the flow of oxygen in the lungs and to other organs of the body.
The same occurs in babies and children, after a few apnea attacks, when the oxygen concentration reduced to very low concentrations your baby will start to gag or gasp. If your child was prematurely born before 37 weeks of pregnancy, the chances of central sleep apnea are drastically increased because of the lack of development of the brain and other organs.


If it happens only once or twice, there is no need to worry, but if you notice gagging every time your child sleeps, then you need to visit a doctor.
While this condition is also found in babies born after 37 weeks pregnancy, the chances of central sleep apnea occurring are low.



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