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Is paradoxical breathing also normal in an infant who is not sleeping (i.e. awake and active?)

Is paradoxical breathing also normal in an infant who is not sleeping (i.e. awake and active?)

Belly breathing: Infants often belly breathe because they do so from contracting their breathing muscle (diaphragm) which pushes out the belly, more than expanding their chest like an older kid or adult. It is not necessarily something bad, but must be put into the overall picture of what is happening. I don't label belly breathing as paradoxical, which implies an abnormality. ...Read more

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Why would a normal child stop breathing for a few seconds while he's sleeping?

Why would a normal child stop breathing for a few seconds while he's sleeping?

Yes: Transient pauses of up to 10-15 secs are often seen in infants. After that time brief (<10 secs) pauses are seen, longer pauses are worrisome. Frequency & depth of breath ore controlled by brain centers & sleep requires less rate/depth than wakeful periods. Any kid who falls asleep rapidly during the day or naps while his peer group is playing may have sleep apnea & deserves a workup. ...Read more

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When a child stops breathing for about 10 seconds in his sleep, what is the cause of it?

When a child stops breathing for about 10 seconds in his sleep, what is the cause of it?

Get help!: Depending on age e.g. Between 3 and 6 months apnea like this is sometimes a forerunner of sids. No matter that a doctor does not find any abnormality, insist on an apnea monitor until the danger period is over (about the end of the first year). You may not get any alarms but you will surely sleep better. If the child is older it might be sleep apnea. ...Read more

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What does it mean when a child has "paradoxical breathing" during sleep? How is it treated?

What does it mean when a child has "paradoxical breathing" during sleep? How is it treated?

Chest IN & tummy OUT: In normal young children, both the chest and tummy expand when breathing in. With paradoxical breathing, the tummy expands when breathing in, but the chest gets sucked inward (downward). Paradoxical breathing can be normal in babies & toddlers because their chest cages are still "soft". After age 2-3 years, normal toddlers (without airway restriction) usually don't have paradoxical breathing. ...Read more

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1wk old baby was sleeping n was completely limp. Seemed to be breathing ok but was hard to wake up. He woke up completly 30min later he was ok. Worry?

1wk old baby was sleeping n was completely limp. Seemed to be breathing ok but was hard to wake up. He woke up completly 30min later he was ok. Worry?

Pediatrician answer: Newborns are much more flexible than we expect (head floppy, arms/ legs floppy). They sleep deeply which is why we put them on their backs to sleep so as not to suffocate in their bedding and certainly not in our bed. We physicians usually see the normal newborns every day in the hospital, 2 or so days post discharge, and about 10-14 days of life. Keep all of those appointments. ...Read more

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I can't sleep because of my bf's heavy breathing at night, what to do?

I can't sleep because of my bf's heavy breathing at night, what to do?

Have you considered: Ear plugs, sleeping in another room or a white noise machine? Another option is for him to be medically checked to determine why he is making loud noises during sleep. ...Read more

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My boyfriend is 22 a little over weight and snores and stops breathing for sometimes 20 or more sec at a time. Could this be sleep apneak?

My boyfriend is 22 a little over weight and snores and stops breathing for sometimes 20 or more sec at a time. Could this be sleep apneak?

Probably: What you describe sounds like sleep apnea, a condition where one stops breathing intermittently during sleep. See your doctor or sleep specialist to confirm the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Can a baby stop breathing if left to cry for too long? We're sleep training and letting him cry for up to 10 minutes at a time and husband is worried.

Can a baby stop breathing if left to cry for too long? We're sleep training and letting him cry for up to 10 minutes at a time and husband is worried.

No he cannot: You need to slowly increase the times he cries--5 minutes, 10, 15, 20.be consistent. Go in see him but no picking up. He gets the message you are around, he is safe but will not pick him up. It will definitely happen with consistency in just a few days. Good luck. Next time do not wait until he is 1 yr old. Do it at 5-6 months ...Read more

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My 6 month old baby is a very noisy sleeper he makes high pitch sounds he is breathing very well but he's been like this since born only in deep sleep?

My 6 month old baby is a very noisy sleeper he makes high pitch sounds he is breathing very well but he's been like this since born only in deep sleep?

Infant sleep: Hello. Since it is very hard to diagnose specific problems via this site, it is best to review any airway concern you may have with your pediatrician. Try to record the sounds your child sounds like. This can be very helpful for your doctor or a pediatric ENT specialist to confirm the etiology for the sounds. An airway evaluation may also be recommended. ...Read more

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Can a child have sleep apnea that does not stop breathing or snore?

No, because...: ...By definition, sleep apnea is the cessation of breathing for a finite time. The child may or may not snore. There are two broad types - 1) obstructive (large adenoids, large tonsils, increased body mass, small mandible (jaw bone) or a large tongue are common) and 2) central, usually due to an underlying neurological issue. Your doctor should see you for a thorough evaluation. ...Read more

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2week old newborn panting, breathing heavy more than usual while sleeping, should I be worried?

Yes, get evaluation: ASAP if your baby's breathing seems labored. At 2 weeks of age, infants sometimes have pauses in breathing, especially while sleeping and then will take several deep breaths, but if the breathing rate per minute is over 55-60 or seems labored, or your infant has a temperature over 100.4, I recommend immediate evaluation. ...Read more

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I'm not able to sleep in the night have heavy breathing and every morning a cold what is this? Note that I smoke, by the afternoon it goes away. Why?

I'm not able to sleep in the night have heavy breathing and every morning a cold what is this? Note that I smoke, by the afternoon it goes away. Why?

Insomnia: An 18 year old male who cannot easily fall asleep if there is no mood disorders such as anxiety, I would say it is "delayed circadian rhythm" which affects about 8% of people in your age. These people have hard time to wake up in the morning but feel fine in the evenings.
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What can I do to quiet my husband's heavy breathing while sleeping?

What can I do to quiet my husband's heavy breathing while sleeping?

Heavy breathing: Unfortunately heavy breathing can be more than just annoying but a sign of underlying sleep problem such as sleep apnea. Is this worse on his back? Does he ever stop breathing. Ask him to see a doctor that specialized in sleep. You and he will sleep better when you do. ...Read more

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My baby has a blocked nose, breathing problem and can't sleep. How do I unblock his nose?

My baby has a blocked nose, breathing problem and can't sleep. How do I unblock his nose?

Normal saline drops: Try Normal Saline drops (5-10/nostril) and suctioning, and if that doesn't work, talk with your pediatrician. Suctioning is especially helpful before feedings. ...Read more

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My 7 month old baby has been making loud breathing noises since he was 4 weeks old while in deep sleep he's had a heart cheeck and very healthy?

My 7 month old baby has been making loud breathing noises since he was 4 weeks old while in deep sleep he's had a heart cheeck and very healthy?

See your doctor: There are several possible causes. The reflux could cause breathing noises. Also, some babies have a weak airway and it makes more noises when they are lying down. Nasal congestion can cause a lot of racket, even when your baby is acting normally. Check with your baby's doctor. ...Read more

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My baby in sleep makes snoring sounds as if he has difficulty breathing r like some blockage. He breathes normal wen not sleeping. Anything to worry?

My baby in sleep makes snoring sounds as if he has difficulty breathing r like some blockage. He breathes normal wen not sleeping. Anything to worry?

Maybe. Make a movie.: To show the pediatrician what's happening, the parents can make a movie of the shirtless baby's breathing. Show the face, chest, and tummy at the same time, so the doctor can see how everything moves during breathing. A minute into the movie, open the mouth to show how the breathing changes; and then a minute later, close the mouth to show how the breathing changes again. ...Read more

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Child with sleep apnea that does not stop breathing or snore and can not use cpap! Alternative treatments?

Child with sleep apnea that does not stop breathing or snore and can not use cpap! Alternative treatments?

Doesn't make sense: By definition, during sleep apnea you stop breathing. We all cycle during breathing, meaning there is a brief period when there is no in/out going on. To have sleep apnea the period of no in/out is extended & blood oxygen level may drop significantly. This is at least a confusion of diagnosis or labeling. A true sleep study with proper video & oxygen assessment could sort this out. ...Read more

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6 months baby breathing noisily for about a month especialhen he is breast feeding and sleeping. Should I worry?

6 months baby breathing noisily for about a month especialhen he is breast feeding and sleeping. Should I worry?

Nasal breathing: Infants at 6m are dependent on their nose most of their air exchange. Within a few months their neck growth will permit mouth breathing as older kids can, but until then, any irritants in babies environment cause nasal mucous flow & nasal noise. Dust, fragrance, cleaning fumes, and the like all aggravate the process. Since babies nose is often compressed during feeding it can be make the noise louder. ...Read more

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