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A 42-year-old member asked:

what happens when your baby's chest sinks in (instead of rises) each time he breathes?

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Dr. Robin Larabee
Pediatrics 26 years experience
It is usually normal: Infants have soft bones, including ribs. Many babies will have "paradoxical chest movements" as you described. In most cases, it causes no problems and the baby will outgrow it. If your baby has trouble breathing or feeding due to the chest motions, consult your doctor right away.

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Could certain shirt designs or materials be causing irritation on my baby's chest?

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Dr. Bert Mandelbaum
Pediatrics 24 years experience
Yes: Most babies have sensitive skin and certain materials and detergents can cause irritation. If your baby's skin seems to be irritated and you think it might be their clothing, make sure that you are using a hypoallergenic detergent (think dreft or tide free). If the rash is getting worse or if it doesn't improve with a change in clothing or detergent, you should contact your doctor.
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A 32-year-old female asked:

Can you put Vicks on baby's chest?

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Dr. Susumu Inoue
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 54 years experience
I do not recomend: Depending on the baby's age, he or she may lick it, touch it with hands, and put them in th mouth. A small amount is not harmful even if it is ingested, but application of vics to the chest to a baby has no benefit in treating any symptoms, and thus i would not recommend it, .
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A 18-year-old female asked:

Can the baby move up into your ribs?

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Dr. Donald Alves
Emergency Medicine 24 years experience
Not exactly: The baby is confined inside the uterus, which is anchored in the pelvis. As it grows, uterus expands and everything gets pushed upwards, but the baby isn't exactly scuba diving around...Can have relative appearance of this if you are small and baby is big (or later in pregnancy). Hope this helps.

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