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Do babies breath extra fast when they sleep?

Do babies breath extra fast when they sleep?

No: Typically a baby does not breath faster when he or she is sleeping. In fact a lot of times breathing is slower when they are sleeping. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Can babies breathe through their mouth if their nose is stopped up while asleep?

Can babies breathe through their mouth if their nose is stopped up while asleep?

Depends on age/posit: In the first 6m the neck is so short the baby must hold the head up & back to drop the jaw & mouth breathe. This is not a natural position so babies seldom sleep well.The growth of the neck by about 2-3 cm over that time allows the head to be neutral with the jaw open. In early infancy the nose must be clear to breathe without a struggle. ...Read more

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My 6months baby breath very fast wn she sleeping i can hear her breath?

My 6months baby breath very fast wn she sleeping i can hear her breath?

Normal brathing: A baby breathes faster than we do. The breathing you are hearing is due a shortened airwy present in infants. ...Read more

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I can't let my baby cry her self to sleep coz she cries so hard she can hardly breath, what shall I do in such a case, shall i still leave her cry hard?

See her pediatrician: Take along a video of an episode. If she has no congenital heart or lung disease, have a set bedtime & routine: read, rock, wipe out her mouth after her last feed, then put her on her back in her crib in her own room, drowsy, but awake to learn to self-calm for sleep. Doing this between 1-4 mos. Helps her consolidate sleep & avoids " trained night crying" at 6 months & older. ...Read more

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Awaken/startled from a very loud noise at 3am. Couldn't sleep then got really tired. My body jolted as i dozed off? Woke me up as if out of breath?

Awaken/startled from a very loud noise at 3am. Couldn't sleep then got really tired. My body jolted as i dozed off? Woke me up as if out of breath?

Sudden awakening: This sounds like you were simply suddenly awakened while you were in deep sleep vs light sleep. Light sleep is the best period in the sleep pattern when you should be awakened. When you wake up from light sleep you feel more alert. ...Read more

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20 m baby was having minor chokes quite frequently last evening. Has been making funny breath sounds during sleep. Possibly rti or frn body or allegy?

20 m baby was having minor chokes quite frequently last evening. Has been making funny breath sounds during sleep. Possibly rti or frn body or allegy?

See doctor: Foreign body ingestion pretty common in this age group. Other common things occur to cause abnormal breathing as well. If your baby isn't breathing right please take your baby to the doctor right away. ...Read more

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18month baby has to tonsils. He breathes heavily while sleeping. What to do. ?

18month baby has to  tonsils. He breathes heavily while sleeping. What to do. 
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Are you on Ventolin: for asthma, or is he? If you are concerned that he may have obstructive sleep apnea or asthma, video him for 5-10 minutes while he sleeps. Take him I& the video to his pediatrician. Asthma does run in families. If he's on Ventolin, do this anyway, if you think his current dose is not working. ...Read more

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My 4 week baby breath so hard when she drinks milk , it all happens while she is drinking during sleep?

My 4 week baby breath so hard when she drinks milk  , it all happens while she is drinking during sleep?

Confusing question: Babies depend on their open nasal passages to breathe normally. If baby must stop feeding to do some breathing or seems to work harder to breathe during feedings, she needs her nose cleaned of any mucous or irritant debris. Dust, smoke & fragrances, make it hard for babies & saline nose rinse is your best rx. I don't know of any babies that drink during sleep, but many sound bad if congested. ...Read more

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Baby 9 months snores reflux wheezy allergys noticed he seems to hold breath in sleep and gasps in sleep occasionally ? What could cause this

Baby 9 months snores reflux wheezy allergys noticed he seems to hold breath in sleep and gasps in sleep occasionally ? What could cause this

Sleep apnea: Sounds like your baby has sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea in kids is almost always caused by enlarged tonsils/adenoids. It is dangerous because it can seriously restrict their growth and development. Get ur baby to the pediatrician for eval and ENT referral. Good luck! ...Read more