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Apnea Medicine for Children

Many premature babies will “outgrow” the condition by the time they reach the date that would have been the 36th week of pregnancy. If treatment is needed, it may include:

  • General care. This includes control of body temperature, proper body position, and extra oxygen.
  • Nasal continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP). A steady flow of air is delivered through the nose into the airways and lungs. Nasal intermittent positive pressure ventilation may be added to CPAP.
  • Medicines. Methylxanthine is used to stimulate breathing.

Your baby may also need blood transfusions, depending on the cause of apnea.