What is Apnea?
Apnea is a term used to describe a period of time during which a child does not breathe. Young infants may have brief periods of apnea which are considered normal. When an infant stops breathing for more than 20 seconds, or has a blue spell during the apneic period, it is called pathologic apnea. Apnea and other breathing problems occur in premature infants more often than in children born at full term.
The St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Pediatric Apnea Clinic provides special care and services to infants who have known or suspected apnea. Patients are evaluated by our staff to identify risk factors and to determine if they should be placed on a home apnea monitor. The apnea monitor records your infant’s heart beat and breathing rate. When breathing or heart rates are too low, the monitor alarm sounds to alert you. Your physician will explain why the monitor is needed and when it should be used.
The St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Pediatric Apnea Clinic is open the third Tuesday of each month from 8 a.m. to noon. For more information, call the clinic’s Nurse Coordinator at 248-858-3126.