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Baby Stop Breathing While Sleeping
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
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
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
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
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?
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?
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
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
Hi there, apparently I stop breathing while sleeping. I suspect it may be sleep apnea. What can one do?
Specialist: I suggest a board certified pulmonologist and formal sleep studies and a medical workup, including a routine chest x-ray; however the sleep study is the gold standard to make the diagnosis. ...Read more
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
Sleep apnea?: That is the definition of sleep apnea. It is either central or obstructive. Central apneas arise from the central nervous system - you don't try to breathe. Obstructive apnea (osa) arises when the airway is completely or partly obstructed, by the tongue, uvula, soft palate, tonsils, adenoids, etc. Accompanied by a drop in blood oxygen, it is life threatening and raises risk of many conditions. ...Read more
Sleep apnea: This needs to be addressed by a physician as it can be a serious health problem. ...Read more
Visit a Sleep Clinic: Visit a sleep disorders clinic, and they can begin to help you identify the cause of your sleeplessness and why you stop breathing. They may recommend a full-night sleep evaluation to determine what is causing your symptoms. You may be experiencing sleep apnea, especially if you are male, overweight, smoke, or have a neck larger than 17 in., but you need an evaluation to determine the problem. ...Read more
As I lay down to sleep and my breathing slows, my breathing stops and I immediately wake up and frantically start breathing again. What's happening?
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
When sleeping I sometimes stop breathing and I'm woken out of my sleep... Is this a problem? It's happening more often.
Could Be A Problem: You describe symptoms of sleep apnea. Unfortunately this is not a condition that can be diagnosed via healthtap. But there is help. First contact your primary care physician (pcp) and discuss the problem. He/she may refer you to a sleep specialist who may order a sleep study to determine if sleep apnea is present. Your pcp will also consider other possible causes of your symptoms. Don't delay. ...Read more
I am having saveer coughing spasms that hurt so bad, can't sleep cuz I stop breathing or I cough uptons ofwater, I'm scared.
Sleep apnea +: Please see your family doctor.Sleep apnea (where you stop breathing) causes a worsening of gerd in many people. This is where the contents of your stomach come into your throat and sinuses. It can also go down the wrong way into your lungs. It can even be projectile. The coughing is likely from what you are asperating into your lungs. Please see your family doctor, a sleep specialist + GI doc. ...Read more
At night sometimes I feel im woken up because I stop breathing. My friend said I was heaving in my sleep. Could it be something serious?
When sleeping my breathing stops during the day (sometimes night). I am conscious that I am asleep but cannot get my body to respond or wake up.
Sleep Apnea: You should see a sleep doctor and have a sleep study done to determine the severity of your condition. Sleep apnea is a very common problem. They can recommend the right treatment which usually involves a CPAP. For those that don't like or won't wear a CPAP, there are oral appliances that work great that a qualified dentist can have made. Good luck. ...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
I think my brother stops breathing in his sleep. He is healthy. Is this possible? Should I be worried?
I've been told recently that I periodically stop breathing and sort of "choke" or "seize" in my sleep, what is this? I weigh about 120 pounds.
Need further Eval: You need further evaluation or possibly a sleep study, best to talk it over with your doctor. ...Read more
I noticed that my dad stops breathing sometimes while he is sleeping and I am worried about him. Is there anything wrong with him? I love him!
He may have Sleep: Apnea, especially if he is overweight, snores, has daytime drowsiness & a + family history. Health risks of untreated sleep apnea can be quite serious. See www. Sleepapnea. Org/learn/sleep-apnea. Html. Use your smart phone to video& audio record him during sleep. Show it to him, encourage him to see his doctor for a physical exam & referral for an overnight sleep study & save the video for his M.D. ...Read more
My wife told me I stop breathing in my sleep for a few second she says it is happening a few times now can I am a 67year old male
It: It may be sleep apnea. To clarify the diagnosis, you should have a sleep study done, and if this is the case, there are now effective treatments for this condition. Sleep studies are often done by neurologists who specialize in sleep disorders but it could also be another specialist (e.g. Pulmonologist - a lung disease specialist) as well. You should discuss your wife's observations with your primary care doctor who may refer you to the appropriate specialist. ...Read more
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