What to do if your baby stops breathing while sleeping?

What should I do if I think my baby has stopped breathing during sleep? Touch or nudge your baby to see if he responds. If he doesn’t, call 911 immediately. (Your baby may be in danger if his forehead or body turns blue.

Is it normal for babies to stop breathing in their sleep?

During sleep, when the brain is less active, breathing becomes slower and shallower. It is also normal for infants (and some adults) to have short pauses in breathing. In infant apnea, these pauses are too long.

How do you revive a baby who stops breathing?

If the infant is not breathing:

  1. Cover the infant’s mouth and nose tightly with your mouth.
  2. Alternatively, cover just the nose. Hold the mouth shut.
  3. Keep the chin lifted and head tilted.
  4. Give 2 breaths. Each breath should take about a second and make the chest rise.

Why is my baby gasping in her sleep?

Signs and Symptoms

Symptoms of sleep apnea vary from child to child. Loud snoring, which may be followed by pauses in breathing or gasping for air, is the most common symptom.

What do you do when your baby can’t breathe at night?

First: If your child cannot breathe or is in distress trying to breathe, call 911. A lack of oxygen can become serious, even deadly, in minutes. If your child is struggling to get a full breath, “call your pediatrician, even if it’s the middle of the night,” says UNC Health pediatrician Edward M. Pickens, MD.

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Why would a baby stop breathing?

Breath-holding is when a baby or child stops breathing for up to 1 minute and may faint. It can happen when a child is frightened, upset, angry, or has a sudden shock or pain. It’s usually harmless but can be scary for parents, particularly when it happens for the first time.

Do newborns stop breathing for a few seconds?

Some babies can take a pause in their breathing for up to 10 seconds or a few seconds longer. Their next few breaths may be fast and shallow. Then they breathe steadily again. This is called periodic breathing.