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Apnea of Prematurity

Key points about apnea of prematurity

  • Apnea is a term that means breathing has stopped for more than 20 seconds. It can happen in full-term babies, but it's more common in premature babies.
  • Apnea of prematurity may not have a cause other than your baby's having an immature central nervous system. 
  • Many premature babies will "outgrow" apnea of prematurity by the time they reach the date that would have been the 36th week of pregnancy. 
  • Sometimes a baby is sent home with an apnea monitor.

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Providers Who Treat Apnea of Prematurity

    Departments that Treat Apnea of Prematurity

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    Infant Apnea Program

    When your baby has trouble breathing or has a form of apnea, which temporarily stops normal breathing, a home monitor allows for continuous monitoring of your baby's breathing and heart.

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    Critical Care Medicine

    With the only pediatric, cardiac and neuro-intensive care units in the immediate Washington, D.C., area, Children's National Hospital is the region's leading provider of critical care medicine for seriously ill and injured infants and children.

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    Neonatology

    Whether your infant has arrived prematurely or has a critical illness, the Children's National Hospital's top-ranked team assists in coordinating every service you and your baby need, including consultations, assessments, emergency treatments and continuing care.