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What is the treatment for premature baby "pauses" in breathing?
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Dr. Rashed Hasan
Pediatrics - Critical Care
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In brief: Periodic breathing
Pauses in breathing in the neonates are called "periodic breathing".
It occurs in 80% of full term and 100% of preterm babies. These pauses are usually brief ( 3 seconds). If they are brief and are not associated with changes in color (cyanosis or pallor) or a drop in heart rate, then it does not require treatment and resolve with time ( by 44 weeks post-conception).

In brief: Periodic breathing
Pauses in breathing in the neonates are called "periodic breathing".
It occurs in 80% of full term and 100% of preterm babies. These pauses are usually brief ( 3 seconds). If they are brief and are not associated with changes in color (cyanosis or pallor) or a drop in heart rate, then it does not require treatment and resolve with time ( by 44 weeks post-conception).
Dr. Rashed Hasan
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In brief: Nothing
Periodic breathing is the respiratory pauses of < 2o sec, intervening with the periods of normal respiration.
The cause of it has been suggested lies in the immaturity of the respiratory brain center. They don't usually need specific treatment, since with the infant's growth they will do away. The common practice is ham devise to alarm the parents. Caffeine might be used in excessive cases.

In brief: Nothing
Periodic breathing is the respiratory pauses of < 2o sec, intervening with the periods of normal respiration.
The cause of it has been suggested lies in the immaturity of the respiratory brain center. They don't usually need specific treatment, since with the infant's growth they will do away. The common practice is ham devise to alarm the parents. Caffeine might be used in excessive cases.
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