Sunday, April 29, 2007

sleep apnea

joy! (sarcasm) something new to obsess over. Of all the things to inherit from her daddy, littlest one has to get his sleep apnea. I jerked awake in a panic last night, she wasn't breathing. So I started breathing on her, and she did start breathing again, but very shallowly at first. Needless to say, this mommy did not sleep well last night, making sure my baby was breathing. She had several episodes where she either stopped breathing, or started breathing very shallowly, probably just for a second or two, but it seemed like an eternity to me, before taking a great huge gulp of air and breathing deeply again. She did the same thing as a tiny infant, but hadn't done it in a while. I'm wondering if it's not related to the fact that I gave her some tylenol last night before bed? She's teething again and was having trouble going to sleep. I can't take tylenol or medications that contain it, makes me itchy all over. DH's sleep apnea pretty much went away (but not completely) when he started drinking less alcohol, and even moreso when we stopped eating junk food. Perhaps it's allergy-related in some way. Those people who think our defense of the family bed is insane, would they think that now?

3 comments:

Jen-Jen said...

I've heard that sleep apnea can be made worse by food intolerances or sensitivities. I know mine is. When I cut out some of the foods it helped a lot

stacy said...

update:
It did not happen again last night. I'm blaming the tylenol, bubblegum flavored meltaways (for my own future reference). Need to find out what all the ingredients are. Looked online and we are not having any of the other issues associated with sleep apnea, just the very short episodes of not breathing. She woke up refreshed and well-rested.

Jen-Jen said...

Tylenol disrupts the detox pathway (methionine), so if you have food allergies, it prevents the body from getting the toxins out that the food in the bloodstream causes. Vitamin C can help -- use sodium ascorbate to prevent acidosis.