Wednesday, April 14, 2010

So technical terms for what Nina is doing:

Apnea (ap'-nee-ah) is a pause in the regular breathing of a baby lasting longer then 15-20 seconds. Normal breathing may speed up or slow down but usually does not stop for any length of time. Some infants, especially premature babies, may have times when they stop breathing for longer than normal. During the pause, the baby's heart rate may slow and, if the apnea is severe, the baby's skin color may change. The baby may look pale or blue. The pause in breathing may be just for a short time, and the baby may restart breathing without help. If the pause occurs for a longer period, the baby may need a reminder to restart breathing.

Bradycardia (bray-dee-car'-dee-ah) is the medical term for a heart rate that is too slow. How slow is too slow varies. Babies usually have heart rates faster than adults do; so a heart rate of 80 may be fine for an adult but may be low for a newborn. Also premature babies tend to have faster heart rates than full term babies do and the heart rate tends to decrease with age after birth. In general, a heart rate of 120­-160 is normal for a premature and 80-140 for a full term.
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It has to be 3 days without any problems with either apneas or bradys before she can come home. She was doing really well, but then had two last night. Upper GI came back good. Nothing wrong up there. It is scary to think about bringing her home and her to stop breathing during the night and not having a monitor to let us know that.

Nina was born at 37 weeks and 3 days.


Joel and Sara said...

What was her gestation? Congrats on two offspring!

Tina said...

Thinking about you and praying for Nina daily!