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

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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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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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 ?

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 ?

Sleep apnea: You should be seen by an ENT to see if there is an anatomy problem to fix, since you are young. You might benefit from tonsillectomy/ adenoidectomy or nasal surgery. Dental appliances are an option for some people. The typical non-surgical option is a CPAP device. ...Read more

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My 2 month baby cries with excessive rage and when he stops he gaps while breathing even when he falls asleep for a while. Is this normal or harmful?

My 2 month baby cries with excessive rage and when he stops he gaps while breathing even when he falls asleep for a while. Is this normal or harmful?

Mgt/workup: Please observe her carefully for any changes in lip or skin color. Babies sometimes will gasp after a brief pause, and their respiratory pattern is developing. If the pause is longer than 10 seconds, I would recommend a test called an apnea test. If you upload the sound, and would like to schedule a consult an appointment can be made. ...Read more

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Is it true that we sometimes stop breathing while sleeping?

Is it true that we sometimes stop breathing while sleeping?

Yes: There is a condition called sleep apnea which can be due to the anatomy of the upper airway or can be caused by abnormalities in the brain. The latter is referred to as central sleep apnea. Either way people with sleep apnea have numerous episodes each night in which they briefly stop breathing. ...Read more

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Could you tell me why i stop breathing when i sleep?

Could you tell me why i stop breathing when i sleep?

Is sleep apnea!!: If you stopp breathing at night for more than 5 times an hour is Sleep apnea syndrome. There are different patterns. Is not normal & could do harm in the long run. Get advise & treatment. If overweight loose it!!! Probably will neeed a sleep test call polysomnogram. Get startes get healthy & see a doctor ...Read more

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