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If my son had apnea of prematurity, how long will I need to have a monitor

If my son had apnea of prematurity, how long will I need to have a monitor

Usually not needed: Preterm infants with apnea usually outgrow this condition prior to discharge from the hospital. If they do go home on a monitor it is usually for parental, not medical, indications in which case the duration of monitoring is quite variable. Most infants discharged on home on apnea monitors are taken off by 6 months of age. ...Read more

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Dr. Patrick Melder
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Apnea (Definition)

Apnea is a symptom in which a person stops breathing for a period of time (about 10-20 seconds) and then starts breathing again. Babies can get apnea from some types of infections. Adults can have sleep apnea, often related to loud snoring and some ...Read more


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Could bradycardia be a sign of apnea of prematurity?

Could bradycardia be a sign of apnea of prematurity?

Yes it can: The two often go together. The baby will have apnea-defined as 20 seconds or more of not breathing, which then in a neonate (baby <=28 days) will often lead to bradycardia, or low heart rate. Please have your baby seen by your pediatrician if this is going on, as prematurity is not the only cause of these symptoms. Sometimes medication is needed. ...Read more

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Does having apnea of prematurity require surgery to remove tonsils or adenoids?

Does having apnea of prematurity require surgery to remove tonsils or adenoids?

No: Apnea of prematurity is primarily caused by an immature respiratory center in the brain, and not an anatomic obstruction, so removing tissue like tonsils or adenoids is not indicated. True apnea of prematurity will resolve over time without any treatment. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if i'm snoring from the age of 16 loud and frequent.I don't think I have sleep apnea.Since i don't choke at night.But my airways are blockedbrain damage?

What do you suggest if i'm snoring from the age of 16 loud and frequent.I don't think I have sleep apnea.Since i don't choke at night.But my airways are blockedbrain damage?

Sleep study: Sleep studies are the most accurate tests for diagnosing sleep apnea and snoring. If you have symptoms of sleep apnea, your doctor will refer you to have a sleep study also called PSG. Good luck. ...Read more

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What to do if i'm snoring from the age of 16 loud and frequent.I don't think I have sleep apnea.Since i don't choke at night.But my airways are blockedbrain damage?

What to do if i'm snoring from the age of 16 loud and frequent.I don't think I have sleep apnea.Since i don't choke at night.But my airways are blockedbrain damage?

Snoring: Hello. Snoring is only one symptom of obstructive sleep apnea. Daytime fatigue, witnessed apnea, obesity, hypertension, history of heart disease, MVA are all symptoms that could point to sleep apnea. There is a questionnaire called the epworth sleep score that your doctor can ask you to complete that will help determine if you should have a sleep study. Home studies are easy and accurate. ...Read more

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I have sleep apnea OCD anxiety and ADHD at age 18. Is it really rare for someone my age to have all those problems?

Rare enough: It really doesn''t matter much whether this is a 1 in a 100 or 1 in a 1000 question. Having all this in combination at 18 is a real problem for you and you should accept both the help of sleep specialist and a psychiatrist. ...Read more

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My daughter is one and her doctors are considering to take out the tonsils and adenoid because of her bad sleep apnea. What are the risks for her age?

My daughter is one and her doctors are considering to take out the tonsils and adenoid because of her bad sleep apnea. What are the risks for her age?

Apnea or surgery: Risks of sleep apnea are a result of poor oxygenation in the blood--can lead to developmental defects. Risks of surgery are standard for most surgeries: pain, swelling, bleeding, infection, difficulty swallowing, incomplete healing, and reactions to medications. Most surgical risks are temporary: permanent risks are rare. Apnea risks can be permanent. ...Read more

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Im 20 and look bad and aged, will MS, chronic stress, insomnia, low hormones, sleep apnea, depression increase beta amyloids and make me old ?

Im 20 and look bad and aged, will MS, chronic stress, insomnia, low hormones, sleep apnea, depression increase beta amyloids and make me old ?

Not proven: and drugs, cigarettes, and/or alcohol are much more proven causes of premature aging. (also obesity, lack of exercise, for skin wrinkling excess sun or other direct damage to it). ...Read more