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My newborn is breathing fast, what's wrong?

My newborn is breathing fast, what's wrong?

ER: If you think your child is in respiratory distress see pediatrician or go to emergency room immediately. ...Read more

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Neonatal (Definition)

The term neonatal is generally used to describe events that occur with an infant within the first 30 days after birth.Some practitioners are looser with the definition & extend the ...Read more


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How fast should a newborn breath, my daughter seems to be breathing fast esp when sleeping and pulling to breath born w fluid in lungs (resolved) she's 1week?

How fast should a newborn breath, my daughter seems to be breathing fast esp when sleeping and pulling to breath born w fluid in lungs (resolved) she's 1week?

Periodic breathing: Newborns breath fast...Around 40-50 x a minute. They also have a cycle of breathing called periodic breathing where they breathe very fast then slow it down and can have an interval of up to 10-15 seconds of "holding their breath" then it starts over. As long as she is pink and eating well and in no distress she is fine. If worried at all see your pediatrician..Reassurance is very helpful. ...Read more

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How can you tell whether new born baby's breathing is fast or slow?

Breathing: The typical newborn will take approximately 40 breaths per minute. However, their breathing rates do vary. They can slow down and, at times, speed up. This phenomenon is known as "periodic breathing" and is normal. With that in mind, the baby's comfort level is the most important indicator. A comfortable is just fine. The laboring child, regardless of respiratory rate, must be seen by a doc immed. ...Read more

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Is it normal for newborns to stop breathing for a few seconds an then continue as normal ?

Is it normal for newborns to stop breathing for a few seconds an then continue as normal ?

Yes: Newborns must test various patterns of breathing before they sort out how fast/deep to breathe for different activities such as sleep, crying, feeding. They often go through breathing at variable frequency and depth, followed by a 5-10 second pause if they exhaled too much co2.Stopping lets them re-balance.It goes on for about a month. ...Read more

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What should I do if my newborn is vomiting and seems to have trouble breathing?

What should I do if my newborn is vomiting and seems to have trouble breathing?

Trouble breathing : If your baby is vomiting & has trouble breathing you should take baby to ER ASAP, he probably choked while vomiting, from gastroesophageal reflux or any other causes of vomiting. You can call 911 if you don't have transportation. Please don't feed the baby if still with difficulty breathing, only small sips of pedialyte . Good luck. ...Read more

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I have a newborn with raspy breathing during nursing. What can I do?

I have a newborn with raspy breathing during nursing. What can I do?

I would have your: Baby checked by the pediatrician to make sure it isn't anything serious. Most often it isn't but better to be safe. ...Read more

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Why does my newborn stop breathing for a few seconds and then her bottom lip quivers?

Why does my newborn stop breathing for a few seconds and then her bottom lip quivers?

Periodic breathing: Periodic breathing, where newborns have a brief interruption of breathing for a few seconds, is common in newborns. They will outgrow this over several months. Quivering of the bottom lip may just be an isolated finding that does not sound serious. If it persists or is associated with cyanosis (turning blue) consult your Pediatrician. ...Read more

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

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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My newborn daughter gets somewhat pale when she sleeps (still breathing normally). When you wake her, her color returns. Should I be concerned?

My newborn daughter gets somewhat pale when she sleeps (still breathing normally). When you wake her, her color returns. Should I be concerned?

Have Doctor check: her when she is sleeping with pulse oximetry and do a complete physical exam to be sure this is all right. Ask if the birth hospital did a screen for cyanotic congenital heart disease (most hospitals do this now). Check to be sure she is not sleeping with her head flexed forward on her neck (if she is using a pillow, take it away and have her sleep flat on the bed). The overwhelming likelihood is that she is just fine. These are things that can be done to be certain. ...Read more

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Why does a newborn have breathing difficulties? She is 7 weeks old and has had breathing difficulties almost from the beginning. Five visits to the pediatrician did not produce answers. She had an irregular heartbeat in her first visit which was normal

Why does a newborn have breathing difficulties? She is 7 weeks old and has had breathing difficulties  almost from the beginning.  Five visits to the pediatrician did not produce answers. She had an irregular heartbeat in her first visit which was normal

Depends: It's hard to answer your question about breathing problems in your baby without more details. However, in general, babies can have noisy, gurgly breathing. They will sneeze and hiccup. All this is normal as long as their color has not changed (i.e. Turn blue or become cyanotic) and they look comfortable. In addition, a baby's heartbeat can very with their breathing pattern and this can be normal. ...Read more

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My newborn is having a very hard time breathing through her nose. Nurses are ignoring her. Do I call doctor?

My newborn is having a very hard time breathing through her nose. Nurses are ignoring her. Do I call doctor?

Not necessarily: Babies are "obligate nose breathers". When you plug the mouth with a bottle or breast they have to breathe through their nose. If they cannot eat then there is a problem. Many babies are noisy breathers and even have a cycle of slow to fast breathing...All of which is normal. If you are concerned and cannot get adequate answer to your question then ask the nurse to call the doctor. ...Read more

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Can a two week old baby develop an ulcer? I was told my newborn nephew was rushed to the hospital lastnite, the baby stopped breathing. The doctors have the baby in icu and told my brother (the baby's father) that it may be acid reflux desease? Would th

Can a two week old baby develop an ulcer? I was told my newborn nephew was rushed to the hospital lastnite, the baby stopped breathing.  The doctors have the baby in icu and told my brother (the baby's father) that it may be acid reflux desease? Would th

Reflux in infants: All infants reflux some, a burp is just a dry reflux event. Some reflux back into their nose & trigger their airway to close to prevent stuff from entering the lungs & baby may choke or hold their breath when this happens. Rarely, they can slow their heart & turn blue. This irritates the swallow tube, but does not cause ulcers.Meds & positioning can help. Most grow out of it by a year or sooner. ...Read more

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What to do with a new born who cries then suddenly stops breathing for a while? Hospital is too far...

What to do with a new born who cries then suddenly stops breathing for a while? Hospital is too far...

For a few seconds?: After crying (which can induce hyperventilation) it can be normal to stop breathing for a few seconds; if the baby is continuing to move and respond, this is not apnea but a break in breathing. ...Read more

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Why do newborns breath so fast?

Why do newborns breath so fast?

Immature: Newborns have immature nervous systems. They can roller coaster breathe - very fast then slow (or stop x 5 sec). This is normal. Newborn heart rates also vary more than older persons. ...Read more

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Why is my bf breathing fast and acting weird?

Why is my bf breathing fast and acting weird?

Drugs?: Has he been suing any street drugs? If not, he may be ill and need medical attention. ...Read more

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Why is my kid breathing fast and acting weird?

Why is my kid breathing fast and acting weird?

Many things: Without more information it would be very difficult to even make a guess as to what is going on. If this child is having any other symptoms or actually having difficulty breathing i would recommend that he be seen by a family doctor or pediatrician asap. ...Read more

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What is considered breathing fast for a one year old?

Varies: The normal expected resting rate is about 24-28 BPM but the normal range is 20-40 (rest).Activity or fever will increase the expected rate about 5 BPM for every degree (f) of fever. Rates above 60 are always abnormal. ...Read more

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MY 2 year old son is breathing fast and his hot what should i do?

MY 2 year old son is breathing fast and his hot what should i do?

Go to ER: When children are running a fever and breathing rapidly they need to be seen right away. Go to the emergency. You don't want to take any chances. Children can get very sick quite quickly. Hope your son gets better soon. Don't wait. ...Read more

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Hi my son isn't very web so just wanted to no what is the breathing rate ment to b in a 3year old as it seems to fast thank u?

If you're counting: Correctly, a persistent respiratory rate in the 40's or above, not just when fussing, would be of concern. ...Read more

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What do feelings have to do with breathing fast?

What do feelings have to do with breathing fast?

Possible panicattack: It is not typical that someone can consciously intentionally hyperventilate for an extended period of time as physiology changes will occur to make it uncomfortable to continue. If involuntary usually due to anxiety or panic disorder or some underlying respiratory or metabolic condition. ...Read more

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Is having a slow breathing rate better than having a fast one?

Depends: While running or during exertion, ones breathing rate is way high as it should be and is better than a slow one. Very slow breathing rate is not good either. Normal resting condition one should be breathing 10-12 reasonable (taking about 500 cc of air in) breaths. ...Read more

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When I wake in the morning, i'm breathing fast. What does this mean?

Breathing fast: Usually this indicates some kind of stress to the body. A nightmare can cause this, cardiac or pulmonary problems or a sleep disorder that is called sleep abnea that causes obstruction in the airway, which can wake you up panting for air. See you doc to help you figure this out. ...Read more

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What is up with my girlfriend. Breathing fast. Faking or is she having a attack are something?

Possible panicattack: It is not typical that someone can consciously intentionally hyperventilate for an extended period of time as physiology changes will occur to make it uncomfortable to continue. If involuntary usually due to panic disorder or some underlying respiratory or metabolic condition. ...Read more

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Hi my two and a half year old son has a high temperature of 102.4 degrees and he is breathing fast is that normal? I gave him medicine.

Common issue: Most fever in infants starts out as a viral illness & many will self heal.The normal effect of fever on breathing rate is to increase it by up to 5 breaths /min/degree.At two the regular rate range is 24- 40..It should not cause baby to look like they are struggling to breathe.As long as baby takes fluids well enough to pee every 6 hrs, home monitoring is ok, if not have eval. ...Read more

Breathing (Definition)

Breathing is the way we take in oxygen and expel carbon dioxide (co2) through out lungs. When our lungs expand we take fresh air in that contains oxygen and then when our lungs ...Read more