Spotting it in babies may be even harder than in toddlers and
older children. The main symptoms in babies are when
Stop breathing for 20 seconds or more
Gasping for breath, coughing or gagging when
catching her breath again
But, to stop
breathing briefly is also normal for young babies who are not affected.
Babies under 6 months old who do not have it, often
breathing for short periods of up to 15 (!) seconds. To
breathe quickly for a while and then pause breathing for 5-15 seconds
is simply a normal breathing pattern at that age. Premature babies do
this more regularly than termly ones. This is usually nothing to worry about.
Still, if you notice breathing pauses in your baby, always consult a medical doctor.
It's when the breathing pause is for 20 seconds or more, that your baby
is very probably experiencing obstructive sleep apnea. Very typical are
the gasping for breath after a breathing pause. Your baby may even turn
blue. Each of these
three signs alone tells you to consult your baby's
as soon as possible.