Take a breath, Children’s is here to help

Moms and dads who check on their babies at 3 a.m. to make sure they are breathing is nothing new. Welcome to parenthood, where being cautious is the norm. But when babies have a condition called apnea, which is a pause in breathing that can last for more than 20 seconds, careful monitoring of a child becomes critically important.

Children’s Minnesota’s apnea program includes pediatric specialists who understand the science behind a baby’s breathing process.

Our team of pulmonary, neonatology and nurse experts provides comprehensive evaluations, family education, ongoing management and support to families of infants diagnosed with apnea or gastroesophageal reflux (GER), a regurgitation of food that can interfere with breathing.

Although short pauses in breathing or irregular breathing may be normal in some infants, prolonged breathlessness is not. There are many reasons why babies periodically pause in their breathing, including premature birth, seizure disorders or congenital conditions that affect their respiration process.

No matter what the origin, even a single interruption in a baby’s breathing process can cause a parent’s breath to stop, too. That’s why our team uses every medical tool currently available to help children keep breathing.

When babies breathe easier, so do we

Here’s how Children’s can help:

  • Welcome to breathing 101. When a baby’s breathing requires monitoring at home, we provide individualized classes so families and caregivers can learn firsthand how to use medical equipment that electronically tracks their baby’s breathing.
  • It’s all about you, baby. Even though we have successfully treated thousands of babies with complex breathing problems, our focus is on every breath your baby takes.

When we say call any time, we mean ANY time. Breathing problems don’t follow a schedule. So if you need us at 5 a.m., just call. One of our nurses is available round-the-clock, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Rest a little easier, because at Children’s, we are always there for you.



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