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Infant Apnea Program & Pediatric Sleep Studies 

Apnea is a pause in breathing that lasts 15 seconds or longer for newborn infants. It may also cause your baby’s heart to beat more slowly (bradycardia) or turn your baby’s skin pale or bluish (cyanotic). Most infants outgrow this problem by the time they are 2-4 months old.

If your baby has been diagnosed with apnea, the Wheaton Franciscan – St. Joseph Campus Infant Apnea Program can help you prevent complications. We can:

  • Place your baby on a monitor to detect pauses in breathing
  • Teach you what to do for your baby if he or she stops breathing at home
  • Give medicine to improve your baby’s breathing

Features of the Infant Apnea Program

St. Joseph Campus connects you with an infant apnea monitor, which detects apnea and/or bradycardia by monitoring your baby’s heart and breathing rates. It does not “cure” apnea. This monitor is very similar to the one your baby is on in the hospital. Your baby needs to be on the monitor while he or she is sleeping or unattended.

The monitor will sound an alarm if the heart or breathing rate falls below the limit identified by your doctor. Using skills that you have learned in our class, you will check the baby’s color and breathing and stimulate him or her to breathe, if necessary.

After your doctor “prescribes” a monitor for your baby, a case manager will review your insurance coverage and call a preferred equipment dealer for you. The dealer will arrange a delivery date before your baby leaves the hospital. The same company will also show you how to use your monitor.

St. Joseph Campus teaches you how to use the monitor and how to respond if your baby needs immediate attention by offering classes for parents, family members and babysitters. During these classes, you'll learn infant CPR, how the apnea monitors function, as well as:

  • What to do if your baby stops breathing
  • What apnea and bradycardia are 
  • Why a monitor is needed
  • How a monitor works
  • When to you use your monitor 
  • How to prepare your home and family for the monitor 
  • How to respond to alarms 
  • When to stop using the monitor

Class Information

St. Joseph Campus offers infant CPR and monitor classes Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 1 pm. Sessions are 1½ – 2 hours long and are held in room 3329 on the third floor of the hospital.

To register for these classes, please call 414-447-2627.

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