Treatments for Apnea of Prematurity in Children

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When your baby has apnea, stimulating her by patting or rubbing her skin can help her to begin breathing again. Your baby's treatment plan for apnea of prematurity may also include:

  • monitoring of her breathing and heart rates
  • medications
  • caffeine or theophylline to stimulate the central nervous system
  • continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) - a mechanical breathing machine that pushes a continuous flow of air or oxygen to the airways to help keep tiny air passages in your baby's lungs open

Many premature babies will "outgrow" apnea of prematurity by the time they are 36 weeks. If the apnea is not due to prematurity, your baby may require other treatments.

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