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My 4 yr son keeps clearing his and gasp for air. He says it doesn't bother him. Should I be worried. What's the advice he?
I have noticed that ocationally I will have a quick gasp for air. Nothing major just out of the ordinary. What could this be. I smoke. But just quit.
Ok: Just may be of no consequence. Mind and body works together. May have some relevance. ...Read more
Rule out sleep apnea: An important sleep disorder that involves waking up, gasping for air, and often also involves snoring is called obstructive sleep apnea. There is a temporary closing off of the airway during sleep that causes periods of no breathing and therefore involuntary waking. There are other conditions that can involve gasping, including waking from nightmares, night terrors, anxiety attacks, and others. ...Read more
If asleep, then: apnea is probable. If awake, then it could be tracheal hiccuping which is a mediastinal twitch/ spasm noted with certain neuromuscular problems. Or some esophageal spasms noted with hiccuping. I would see a pulmonologist if they are gasps and not hiccup, and your oximetry suffers. ...Read more
Probably not: More likely you have sleep apnea. That is a typical symptom. Your oxygen level goes low, carbon dioxide high because you're not breathing, and your brain wakes you up gasping for air. If you're overweight, snore, feel excessively tired or sleepy during the day, or do not feel rested when you wake up; you likely have sleep apnea. You should discuss with your doctor and get a sleep study. Do it soon. ...Read more
Sleep apnea: Hello. Awakening gasping for air is not normal. It is important to be checked by your doctor because there are several things that could cause it, including sleep apnea, asthma, allergies/post nasal drip, anxiety, and some types of heart problems. Your doctor can help you find out what's causing your sleep disturbance and get it treated. You will likely need a sleep study as part of the work up. ...Read more
Oxygen debt: When you exercise maximally, beyond your anaerobic threshold (>85% of your age-based maximum predicted heart rate (154 for you) for more than a few minutes, your muscles shift from aerobic to anaerobic metabolism and you build up an "oxygen debt" with lactic acidosis that must be paid back. The longer you continue, the more you owe. If a tiger is chasing U, it can save your life! Thus: gasping! ...Read more
It may be GERD:
One of the common cause of waking up at night with complain of can not breath is gastroesophageal reflux dut to regurgitation of acid, it may or may not be the cause but it is worth ruled outmay be your doctor will recommend a trial of acid supressant therapy
discuss with your doctor
it can also be sleep apnea and she may need sleep studies to rule that out. ...Read more
Anxiety: Many folks who are highly anxious have a fear on not getting enough air. When we are between sleeping and waking we can feel quite vulnerable and pull out of the relaxed state with a start. Get help from your doc or a clinical psychologist, more likely the latter will be the one to help you through this. Magnesium level can be tested for and supplemented if needed. Low mag can cause jerks. ...Read more
For the last 3-5 nights I have woken up gasping for air if I slept on my back. This has happened before but not so close together.
For the last year I've been waking up gasping for a breath. This happens maybe once or twice a month. When it it die happen I can't breath.
It doesn't happen often but happens every couple of months maybe. I wake up in the night gasping for air for about ten seconds. What could it be?
Room is small and stuffy. When I wake up, have to go in hall and am gasping for breath kind of. Is it because no air in room and too dusty in room.?
What happens when someone hangs themselves as a joke & gets off by themself? Why do they start getting so stiff & start shaking a lot & gasp for air?
Dangerous: This person is endangering his/her life. It's high risk behavior, possibly fueled by alcohol or drugs, and qualifies for emergency medical help. You might call the local ER and ask what to do for this person if he/she is a friend or acquaintance. You don't have to give your name. You might even call 911 same as if you saw someone walking on the railroad tracks or wandering in traffic. Good luck. ...Read more
2 1/2 wk old gasps for air here & there since she was a few days old. Recently has about 3 little coughs once or twice a day for the last week. Help!
My 2 1/2 wk old has little coughs here & there but also does this 'gasp' for air every once in a while with & w/o the coughs. What is causing this?
Pertussis?: From the way you describe it, he may have an allergy or upper airway infection, but if this is recent, you should have your pediatrician look him over and make sure he does not have Pertussis or whooping cough, a serious respiratory infection that needs immediate treatment with erythromycin ...Read more
Sleep Apnea: Is a condition of cessation of breathing during sleep that lasts for 10 seconds or longer and gasping for air. See a sleep specialist for evaluation, sleep study and treatment. ...Read more
Question: That question requires a history and physical examination to start formulating an answer. It could require testing also depending on the H&P. Unless of course you're always trying to run at 18, 000 feet in which case a likely cause would be suggested immediately. ...Read more
Windpipe flexible: Sounds like the noise you describe is stridor. Babies can make this noise occassionally when they breath in deep or suddenly because their traceas (windpipe) doesn't have its full rigidity yet, so it tends to collapse down, leading to that high pitched noise. Most babies outgrow this as they age. As long as not interfering with breathing or feeding, just mention it to doc at your next visit. ...Read more
I'm no expert here..: It almost sounds like sleep apnea, doesn't it? Did you know that there are pediatric sleep clinics where your son can be evaluated for a sleep disorder? Talk to your son't doctor about this. Other considerations might be gerd (gastro-esophageal reflux. In this condition, acidic stomach contents splash up from the stomach and into the esophagus. Sometimes, people cough and gasp with this condition. ...Read more
Child is coughing forcefully, can, t stop, he is taking big gasps of air right before each cough?
Needs immediate care: Your description of your child worries me. At that age, he may have inhaled a foreign body into his lungs, he could have an infection, an asthma attack - so many possibilities. Also, are immunizations up-to-date? Concerned about whooping cough (pertussis) with this history. This should not wait the weekend - he needs to be evaluated today! ...Read more