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Stopped Breathing (Apnea) Checker

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Your Stopped Breathing (Apnea) May Also be Known as:
Baby makes no noise
Breathing stopped
Child makes no noise
Not breathing
Not breathing as much
Shallow breathing
Stop breathing in sleep

Top 3 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.

    Call 911 immediately for an ambulance. You must be carefully monitored in a hospital, as intravenous antibiotics may be needed, as well as surgical intervention.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    being severely ill, shortness of breath, 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.

    Call 911 immediately for an ambulance now! Apnea is fatal but can be reversed at the hospital.

    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.

    You should seek immediate medical care at an ER, where an ultrasound of your head would reveal the bleed. Treatment includes medication to reduce pressure in the brain.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    feeling confused and not making sense while talking, stopped breathing (apnea), shortness of breath, developmental delay, pale skin all over
    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?

If you've answered yes to one or more of these questions, check our stopped breathing (apnea) symptom checker.

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Stopped Breathing (Apnea) Symptom Checker Statistics

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

    • 4% Fatigue
    • 3% Trouble Sleeping
    • 3% Shortness of Breath
  • People who have experienced stopped breathing (apnea) were most often matched with:

    • 9% Difficulty Breathing Associated With Prematurity
    • 7% Intraventricular Hemorrhage of Infancy
    • 3% Necrotizing Enterocolitis

Stopped Breathing (Apnea) Checker

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