Spotting it in babies may be even harder than in toddlers and
older children. The
main symptoms in babies
Stop breathing for 20 seconds or more
Gasping for breath, coughing or gagging when
catching her breath again
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
Each of these
three signs alone tells you to consult your baby's
as soon as possible
Heidi Holvoet, PhD, is the founder of the Baby Sleep Advice website and movement, an award-winning author, baby & toddler sleep consultant with 15+ years experience as well as a certified lactation counselor.
Over the years, Heidi has received several awards inluding a Mom's Choice Award (MCA) and National Parenting Awards (NAPPA) for her Baby Sleep Advice website, programs and books. Also, Baby Sleep Advice was awarded "Most Trusted Infant's Sleep Solutions Company 2023" in the Benelux Enterprise Awards 2023.
Heidi continually conducts personal research and participates in continued education and in that way stays up to date with current scientific and pyschosocial infant care.
She is also a member of the Association of Professional Sleep Consultants of which she was one of the earliest contributors. She obtained her PhD degree in physics at the University of Ghent in Belgium.
Heidi is passionate about helping babies and their parents sleep more and better, with her trademark approach that has been proven and praised time and again by parents worldwide to be effective and truly no-tears. Respect for you as a parent and your baby, is at the heart of Heidi's warm and kind support. Her approach always keeps in mind a baby's needs and abilities at any given age, is based on pediatric science and the most up to date knowledge in infant care and sleep science.