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.