Apnea of Prematurity | Testing & Diagnosis

How is apnea of prematurity diagnosed?

It is important to find out if your baby’s apnea is due primarily to prematurity or if it is caused by another problem. Your baby's physician will check many of her body systems to find out what might be causing the apnea. Diagnostic procedures may include:

  • physical examination
  • blood tests to check for blood counts, oxygen level, electrolyte levels and infection
  • x-ray to check for problems in the lungs, heart or gastrointestinal system
  • apnea study to monitor breathing effort, heart rate and oxygenation