Apnea of Infancy AOI

Persistent apnea of unknown origin is called apnea of infancy, and occurs in children younger than age one who were born after a full-term pregnancy. Infants with this condition can be observed at home with a special monitor prescribed by a sleep specialist that records chest movements and heart rate, relaying readings to a hospital apnea program for future examination. The apnea usually goes away on its own; if it does not cause any problems (such as low blood oxygen), it may be considered part of the child's normal breathing pattern.

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