|Infant Apnea Program|
Caring for Children with Infant Sleep Apnea
Sleep disorders occur in more than 2 million children, and sleep apnea has been linked to many other problems such as SIDS, ADD, ADHA, autism, and obesity. Under the direction of Dr. Akhtar Niazi, our Infant and Children Apnea Monitor Program helps evaluate and care for children who are at risk for sleep apnea or other sleep-related issues. We work with infants from birth to one year of age who are inpatients in the NICU or Pediatrics Unit. (If a child is not an inpatient, we may admit them to the Pediatrics Unit and order a sleep study.)
Is your child experiencing any of the following symptoms?
OR does your child have a history of any of the following?
If so, he or she may qualify for a pneumocardiogram study (a 4-channel, 5-channel, or sleep study).
During the 12-hour sleep study, we monitor the child’s heart rate, respiration, and oxygen saturation (we can also monitor esophageal pH to evaluate for reflux). The study is then scored and interpreted by staff and Dr. Niazi, and a recommendation is made to the ordering physician regarding the need for a cardiorespiratory memory monitor at the child’s home.
Should your child require a monitor at home, our staff will help educate you on everything you need to know to care for him or her while on the monitor. Infant CPR training is also provided to parents and any additional caregivers.
Families going home with a monitor receive daily follow-up phone calls during the first week at home. After that point, weekly calls are made to answer any questions and address any concerns or supply needs. Staff is available 24/7 for emergency questions, and the child’s primary care physician receives periodic updates.
Home monitor information
Information recorded by the monitor is downloaded every 4 – 6 weeks. The information is then evaluated for the number and severity of events and a decision is made about the continued need for the monitor.
Repeat car seat testing
It is recommended that any infant who is discharged home in a car bed should have a repeat car seat test. This testing should be completed prior to switching the infant to an infant car seat. We perform a 90-minute angle tolerance test at the hospital to determine if the infant can tolerate the position of the car seat.
Akhtar Niazi, MD, FAAP
Lyn Makovicka RNC
Ladonna Tool RNC
Amy Hansen RN
Donna DiPaolo LRCP
Staff is available to answer questions 24/7. If you would like to speak with a staff member, please call 402-219-7190.