As a mother nothing is more scary than hearing your baby choke while they sleep. Many adults have it, some kids have it, but no one ever thought ‘hey my baby could have this sleeping problem’. We think it’s colic, crankiness, melatonin confusion; which sometimes it can very well be. Issue is what about the babies that just want to sleep but they can’t? Why can’t they? Sleep apnea…which defined in Wikipedia as:
Sleep apnea (or sleep apnoea in British English; /æpˈniːə/) is a type of sleep disorder characterized by pauses in breathing or instances of shallow or infrequent breathing during sleep. Each pause in breathing, called an apnea, can last from at least ten seconds to several minutes, and may occur 5 to 30 times or more an hour. Similarly, each abnormally shallow breathing event is called a hypopnea. Sleep apnea is often diagnosed with an overnight sleep test called a polysomnogram, or “sleep study”.
Now this is truly a scary thought for parents but have no fear as I explain to you what it is I will give you the solution. Now back to the three types of sleep apnea:
- Obstructive- Obstructive is a blockage
- Central- Central is a breathing problem (for eg. The brain isn’t doing it’s job in telling you to breathe)
- Complex Sleep apnea- Complex is a combination of Central & Obstructive
Most babies that have it have ‘Central Sleep Apnea’. How? Mostly in premature babies but also in mature babies the brain has not fully developed to make that connection. Some babies do have ‘Obstructive Sleep Apnea’ from blockage (ie. an uneven palate).
How can I tell my baby has sleep apnea?
In lab studies they found babies with sleep apnea pause in sleep for 20 seconds or more. Most babies before 6 months old have unpredictable sleep but if you hear your baby gagging, gasping for air, or even turning blue it’s definitely time to take them to the doctor.
How can I help my baby with sleep apnea?
There are sleep machines & medications but I will tell you the natural ways to treat it. (Please note a sleep machine is a great option and I’m only going to suggest things you should do while using one, these are ways to treat it not cure it).
- Take your baby for a late night stroll, breathing in oxygen helps train the brain to signal the lungs for breathing and little ones love to fall asleep on walks outside
- If your baby is on formula I suggest you watch the video I posted on cow secretion this could be causing mucus blockage for your little one
- Chiropractic care; I cannot stress enough how crucial it is to get your baby into a chiropractor, our babies go through a traumatic experience during birth which sometimes leads to unknown damage that chiropractors can fix, they can also help along their development & check their palate
- See a naturopathic doctor they can suggest more natural ways then resorting to artificial drugs
Read more on these sites:
Baby Center also has a great community of other parents with this problem that can help you through this.
Watch this video for more information as well: