A slower than normal heart rhythm. In newborns, a heart rate is termed bradycardia if it falls below 100 beats per minute in a baby less than 1250 g (2 lb 12 oz) or to less than 80 beats per minute in a bigger baby. Bradycardia is often associated with apnea of prematurity
, and when apnea and bradycardia come together they are often called “As and Bs.” When babies are in the NICU
, their hearts are monitored, and episodes of bradycardia are treated with stimulation. If bradycardia continues, medications such as caffeine may be used to treat the condition.
Also Known As: Bradys, "Bs" (in "As and Bs")
When the baby started to brady, the nurse stimulated her and her heart began to beat faster.