For most parents, especially the first-timers, seeing their newborn having difficulty breathing can be unsettling. Some parents can also find it worrisome if they noticed their baby has an abnormally slow heart rate.
While some instability in breathing and even heart rate may be normal even among healthy newborns, it is essential to recognize when it is a reason for concern. Here are some information every parent should know about infant “As and Bs” – apnea and bradycardia.
Apnea and Bradycardia: What Exactly Are They?
More prevalent in premature babies, apnea and bradycardia can also affect even full-term newborns. For premature babies, this is more likely to happen because their organs have not yet fully developed, including their heart and respiratory system.