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24 Jul 2006

APNEA ATTACKS
MY BABY HAS HAD SEVERAL APNEA ATTACKS SINCE BITH SHE IS NOW THREE & A HALF. SHE HAS BEEN FOR AN ECG BUT THE RESULTS WERE NORNAL. COULD THIS ECG NOT HAVE BEEN ACCURATE? WHAT OTHER TESTS COULD BE DONE TO DETERMINE THE CAUSE? WHAT ACCUALLY HAPPENS WHEN SHE HAS AN ATTACK? UNTIL WHAT AGE DO THESE ATTACKS LAST? WHAT SHOULD I DO DURING THESE ATTACKS? WHAT IF SHE GETS ONE WHILE IM ASLEEP, IS IT FATAL?
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Heartdoc

01 Jan 0001


Dear Char,

This is unfortunately not my field : I suggest that you ask the same question to our paediatrician, who would be the best person to advise you.

Apnea means that she stops breathing for a short while, and often the cause is not clear. Apnea occurs often in pre-term babies. I’m not sure why an ECG was done, unless she also turned blue and had a cardiac arrest. The sort of things associated with sleep apnea are enlarged tonsils/adenoids, or other forms of upper airway obstruction. But if this has been a problem since birth, then this may not apply.

Please contact our Peadiatrician, and ask the same questions. I’m sure you will get answers there. Good luck.

HeartDoc
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