Infant Apnea

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There are three types of infant apnea: Central, Obstructive, and Mixed (central and obstructive apnea).

Most home infant apnea monitors measure chest movements and heart rate. Normally, the monitor’s alarm is set to go off if the infant stops breathing for 20 seconds or if the heart rate slows to less than 80 beats per minute.

Common Reasons for Apnea Monitors

Most Insurance companies considers apnea monitors medically necessary durable medical equipment (DME) for infants less than 12 months of age with documented apnea or who have known risk factors for life threatening apnea according to the following indications:

  • Infants with apnea of prematurity
  • Infants with an apparent life-threatening event (ALTE)
  • Infants with bradycardiaDocumented gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Later siblings of babies who died from sudden infant death syndrome

Ways We Can Help

  • Apnea monitors
  • Parent and caregiver training provided by a respiratory therapist
  • Skilled Nursing visits
  • Any additional durable medical equipment needed