Such moment always create anxiety
. During a tense moment like this, you can certainly do 2 things.
1. Check your baby's pulse by placing your index finger on the baby's wrist. Use two fingers (index and middle) to locate the pulse on the wrist at the base of the thumb. The pulse feels like a rhythmic thumping. If the pulse is more than 100, its fine.
2. Does the baby's colour remain normal or become pale during such an episode ? If there is no change in colour or the baby continues to remain pink, its normal.
Do keep in mind that no blood test
can diagnose sleep apnea
. It can be easily missed on a routine check up.
However the more serious type, ie central sleep apnea and thankfully less common, occurs in the backdrop of some medical disorder.
So if your baby has had no medical illness recently, it is unlikely your baby has a problem.