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Baby Breathing Heavy In Sleep
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
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
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
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
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
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?
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
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
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
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
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?
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.
Please read more at www. Lasleep. Com. ...Read more
I am 47. I am feeling a heavier heart beat, after having meals and/or alcoholics. Disturbed sleeping associates, and hampered breathing.?
After waking up from resting /sleeping I have dull upper left chest ache? . Mostly felt more when breathing out. I am a 22yo and weight 160lbs.
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
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
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
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
Help! Feel like I'm breathing very shallow while trying to sleep, healthy am over weight but heart healthy multiple ekg normal results 2 occurences?
I had sleep study done as a kid nothing was found today sleep apena was found I take seroquel (quetiapine) which makes me tired during the day I don't stop breathing snore I was tortured as a child?
8 mnths old baby girl making wheezing sound (difficulty breathing)for 15secs somtimes in a day no wheezing sound when sleeping?
I AM ON LISINOPRIL, TOPROL, (metoprolol) HCTZ. I AM ALWAYS TIRED, ALWAYS WANTING TO SLEEP, NO ENERGY AND NOW BREATHING HEAVILY?
When trying to sleep, head becomes heavy, ear ringing, fast heartbeat, excessive saliva, difficulty breathing. What's happening to me?
Breathing problem: You should be seen at the emergency room to rule out a heart problem. Do not wait on this. ...Read more
My child have fever and difficulty in breathing while sleeping. Should I just use a nasal spray and decongestant.?
No: Call your doctor asap or go to the er/call 911 anytime your child has 'difficulty breathing'. Trouble in breathing is dangerous and needs assessment asap. In addition, all cold medications are now restricted in kids. Whatever age your child is, clear with your doctor the use of any cold medications. ...Read more
When I sleep on only 1 pillow at night, I wake up very dizzy (not vertigo) & my entire head stings. I am normal weight & have no breathing problems.
Hi, my 2 weeks old baby girl is having a stuffy nosed and cough sometimes. Trouble breathing and hard time sleeping. Very heartbreaking. Tried saline?
? irritants?: The first months are troubled by narrow nasal passages & exposure to dust, fragrences, smoke & other irritants. Baby tries to flush these out of the nose with mucous but this often ends as congestion & produces rattling with breathing. The best rx is washing out the nose with saline & suctioning the remainder. Eliminate irritants from babies environment & this will happen less. ...Read more