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3 Potential Stopped Breathing (Apnea) Causes

  1. 1.Necrotizing Enterocolitis

    Necrotizing enterocolitis is a condition that happens when tissue in the small or large intestine is injured or begins to die off. It occurs most often in premature or sick babies.

    May return to regular feedings after a week, and antibiotics continue for 10-14 days.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    shortness of breath, being severely ill, rectal bleeding, severe bloating, temperature instability
    Symptoms that always occur with necrotizing enterocolitis:
    being severely ill
    Urgency:
    Emergency medical service

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  2. 2.Difficulty Breathing Associated With Prematurity

    Apnea of prematurity refers to short episodes of breathing that slows or stops in babies who were born before they were due.

    36 weeks

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    stopped breathing (apnea), stopped breathing (apnea) for over 15 seconds
    Symptoms that always occur with difficulty breathing associated with prematurity:
    stopped breathing (apnea), stopped breathing (apnea) for over 15 seconds
    Urgency:
    Emergency medical service
  3. 3.Intraventricular Hemorrhage of Infancy

    Bleeding into the brain can happen as an infant, especially in premature babies.

    Indefinite

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    shortness of breath, shallow, infrequent breaths, feeling confused and not making sense while talking, pale skin all over, stopped breathing (apnea)
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Stopped Breathing (Apnea)

  • Q.Have you been feeling more tired than usual, lethargic or fatigued despite sleeping a normal amount?
  • Q.Any fever today or during the last week?
  • Q.Do you currently smoke?
  • Q.Have you experienced any nausea?

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Stopped Breathing (Apnea) Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced stopped breathing (apnea) have also experienced:

    • 5% Trouble Sleeping
    • 5% Fatigue
    • 4% Shortness of Breath
  • People who have experienced stopped breathing (apnea) were most often matched with:

    • 10% Intraventricular Hemorrhage of Infancy
    • 6% Difficulty Breathing Associated With Prematurity
    • 2% Necrotizing Enterocolitis
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

Disclaimer: The article does not replace an evaluation by a physician. Information on this page is provided as an information resource only, and is not to be used or relied on for any diagnostic or treatment purposes.

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