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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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What caused me to stop breathing while I was sleeping?

What caused me to stop breathing while I was sleeping?

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.

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What causes my husband to stop breathing while he is sleeping?

What causes my husband to stop breathing while he is sleeping?

Sleep apnea: This needs to be addressed by a physician as it can be a serious health problem.

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Stop breathing when I try to sleep. Can't sleep for many days. What can I do today?

Stop breathing when I try to sleep. Can't sleep for many days. What can I do today?

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.

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What to do if I had a sleep test done, I stop breathing 149 times per hour. How common is that?

What to do if I had a sleep test done, I stop breathing 149 times per hour. How common is that?

No: That would be an ahi of about 15, indicating a mild/moderate level of obstructive sleep apnea. This is a serious life threatening or life shortening condition that can prematurely cause death. Not common and not to br ignored. Seek professional help asap!

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How do you know if you stop breathing when sleeping

How do you know if you stop breathing when sleeping

Sleep study: You don't. This is found by testing and direct observation at the sleep clinic.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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