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Why do babies have hard time breathing when congested? specially when sleeping & feeding?

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Dr. Leonard Pizzolatto answered

Specializes in General Practice

The babies airway is blocked. See a pediatrician ASAP.

Answered Apr 9, 2021

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Dr. James Ferguson answered

Specializes in Pediatrics

A mucus layer is a standard thickness at any age. The nasal airway of an infant is tiny compared to older kids or adults. Think of air passing through a 1 inch pipe vs a straw, the same mucus layer can block the straw while it does little to block the pipe. A vigorous saline cleanout of the infants nasal airway is often effective in reducing the blockage & helping them breathe.

Answered Apr 10, 2021

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