Apnea is defined as the pause or sudden lack of breathing. If cessation of breathing lasts longer than a few seconds and causes your baby to change color to blue, gray, or red, this is not normal. However, a baby holding his or her breath for a few seconds can be normal as long as color change does not occur.
The Gregory T. Ryan Infant Apnea Evaluation Center
Staffed by a team of caring medical professionals such as physicians, respiratory therapists, nurses, and social workers, the Center thoroughly tests and evaluates:
- Babies who have apnea
- Siblings of infants who have died of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)
- Children who have suffered an apparent life-threatening event (ALTE)
- Children and infants with reflux
- Children with congenital defects that cause breathing problems
- Children with snoring problems
The Center works closely with local community services and agencies to meet the necessary medical, nursing, social and support needs. If your baby is born premature or develops apnea, your infant will undergo a painless, noninvasive test called a pneumogram. This test measures the breathing, heart rate and amount of oxygen to determine if your baby will need to go home on an apnea monitor.
If you are referred to our Center, we will provide a clinic appointment to evaluate your needs.
Ongoing Support for Your Baby and You
Our team also provides ongoing patient education and psychosocial support.
In addition, we oversee and coordinate all monitoring services such as:
- Diagnostic testing including pneumograms (2-5 channels), pH probe for reflux, and polysomnograms (sleep study)
- Oxygen management and support
- Medication management for apnea and reflux
- CPR teaching/monitor teaching
- Coordination with monitor companies, insurance companies, and visiting nurse referrals
- Referral services for SIDS death
Home Management Care
In addition, the Center provides continued evaluation for your baby and you with the following follow-up services:
- Collaborate with your primary care physician
- Clinic visits with specialty physicians, when necessary
- Follow-up with apnea medication and visits
- Phone consultation
- Assist with the monitor company in the care of your baby
- Troubleshoot with monitor alarms
- Interact with the insurance companies
- Give social support