What is obstructive sleep apnea?
The word “apnea” just means cessation of breathing or pauses in breathing.
Short pauses in breathing are normal, particularly in infants and especially during dream sleep (Rapid Eye Movement, or REM sleep). However, if your baby has pauses in breathing during sleep plus habitual (regular) snoring and/or attempts to breathe without air actually flowing through his/her mouth and/or nose, then your baby may have obstructive sleep apnea. Only your health care provider can make this diagnosis, so your little one should be evaluated if you are concerned.