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Apnea is one of the most frightening symptoms for parents of premature infants. Apnea is a pause in breathing for 15-20 seconds. It is associated with the infant’s color changing to a pale or bluish tint and with the heart rate slowing for a period of time. It can be alarming for those witnessing an episode of apnea for the first time and requires reassurance and education from the staff for those frightened parents.