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Doctor insights on: My Baby Holds His Breath Till He Turns Blue

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Are babies born knowing how to hold their breath and swim?

Are babies born knowing how to hold their breath and swim?

No: Babies are not born knowing how to swim. A baby can sometimes hold their breath as a reflex, but this should not be mistaken as an innate ability to swim. Water can be very dangerous for your baby: it takes a very short time for a baby to drown. It is extremely important that you carefully monitor your baby at all times whenever he or she is near water, and this includes the bath tub. ...Read more

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What neurological disorders could cause an infant to hold its breath?

What neurological disorders could cause an infant to hold its breath?

Breath holding spell: Breath holding spells are common in infants, frightening looking, but the baby can easily be stimulated to take a breath. Should wake up and be normal, not drowsy. ...Read more

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What does a fishy smell to a babies breath mean?

What does a fishy smell to a babies breath mean?

See below: There is a rare genetic disorder called "trimethylaminuria" where an enzyme deficiency is present causes the lack of breakdown of a particular metabolite can cause the accumulation of trimethylamine in sweat, saliva and urine causing a fishy odor. The malodor can be managed by reducing the ingestion of precursors of the compound. See your doc for an eval and referral to genetics. ...Read more

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My babies breath smells like poop and she is constipated could she have hirschsprungs disease ?

My babies breath smells like poop and she is constipated could she have hirschsprungs disease
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Consult Pediatrician: You did not say how old your baby is.With the symptoms you described i will check with your babies pediatrician, he will be able to tell you what it may be. Hirschsprung disese symptoms usually start after the baby is born and if it is a mild condition it may not show up later. So take your child to the pediatrician. ...Read more

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After you give rescue breaths to an infant, whatsigns of circulation should you look for?

After you give rescue breaths to an infant, whatsigns of circulation should you look for?

Color, Breathing: Signs of circulation include good color (i.e. "pink" or rosy as opposed to blue, grey, or dusky appearance). The baby should also be breathing easily and active. But i would strongly recommend you immediately call 911 and take your child to the nearest er or pediatrician's office if you have to give rescue breaths. ...Read more

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What causes bad breath in babies?

What causes bad breath in babies?

Several conditions and food: In infants bad breath can be due to many conditions gastro esophageal reflux infections in mouth, throat, nose foreigh body in the nose or ear enlarged tonsils and adenoids thumb sucking pacifier use taking a bottle to bed sugary drinks in older infant if the bad breath is persistant the infant needs to be examined by your pediatrician. ...Read more

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Do babies breath extra fast when they sleep?

Do babies breath extra fast when they sleep?

No: Typically a baby does not breath faster when he or she is sleeping. In fact a lot of times breathing is slower when they are sleeping. ...Read more

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Does bad breath in an infant indicate anything serious?

Does bad breath in an infant indicate anything serious?

Possibly: Bad breath is not typical in an infant and could have many causes, most of which are not serious but could require intervention. Your child should be examined by their pediatrician to determine the cause of their bad breath. ...Read more

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How many seconds do normal babies stop breathing for, in between breaths?

How many seconds do normal babies stop breathing for, in between breaths?

Important: Answer depends on age. If the infant is under 3 months, apnea of 10 seconds is potentially abnormal and you should see your pediatrician. ...Read more

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Is it normal for a babies to breath faster and with a sound when feeding? Can air conditioner cause problem to their breathing?

Is it normal for a babies to breath faster and with a sound when feeding? Can air conditioner cause problem to their breathing?

Babies: Breath faster in general but rarely over 80 breaths a minute. Some babies are noisy feeders. It depends on the type of noise and their exam that makes it normal or abnormal. Make sure he/she is able to breath through the nose. An air conditioner should not cause breathing problems more so with feeding. All the best and if in doubt have it checked. ...Read more

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How many breaths do you give an infant or child, when doing the first aid rescue breathing?

How many breaths do you give an infant or child, when doing the first aid rescue breathing?

Cpr for children < 1: Give 30 chest compressions at the rate of 100/minute followed by clearing the airway and giving 2 gentle breaths. ...Read more

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My sister's infant having breath problems after feeding. Not frequently but i think it has to do with burping and nasal cleansing?

My sister's infant having breath problems after feeding. Not frequently but i think it has to do with burping and nasal cleansing?

Feeding: Nasal congestion is a possibility but another important cause is esophageal reflux. Infants with reflux may choke with feeds. ...Read more

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How long can a small child hold his breath if he's mad?

How long can a small child hold his breath if he's mad?

Until...: ...He turns blue and/or faints. In which case, do not shake him, and don't overreact: any behavior that drives parents crazy, provides hours of entertainment for toddlers. ...Read more

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My child can hold her breath until she passes out - what should I do?

Bite your lip!: Ignore her--don't skip a beat. As counter-intuitive as it seems, don't say--or do--anything different from what you were already doing. Fainting from breath-holding isn't dangerous--but it sure is a great way to get mom's attention! the less effective it proves to be, the sooner she'll stop throwing tantrums. But if it does work, you can bet she'll cash in on it again in the near future! ...Read more

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My son is 16 months old, when he cries, he holds his breath for a long time, and his face turns to blue. Why do you think is that?

My son is 16 months old, when he cries,  he holds his breath for a long time, and his face turns to blue. Why do you think is that?

Breath-holding spell: Cyanotic breath-holding spells are usually precipitated by anger or frustration or a a painful experience. The child cries and has forced expiration sometimes leading to cyanosis (blue in color), loss of muscle tone, and sometimes loss of consciousness. The child usually recovers within a 1-2min, but some fall asleep for an hour or so. ...Read more

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I've been holding my breath while being around strong smells to the point that I could not hold it any longer have I caused damage to my unborn baby?

I've been holding my breath while being around strong smells to the point that I could not hold it any longer have I caused damage to my unborn baby?

No: Unless you are holding your breath for unusually long times (like 4 minutes) it's unlikely your blood oxygen levels are getting dangerously low & even so it would be for such a short time that i doubt it could damage your baby.If the smells are due to toxic chemicals (like those in perfumes/ new paint/ new carpet/ tobacco smoke/plastics) you are doing your baby a favor by avoiding these exposures. ...Read more

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My child clenches his teeth and holds his breath when he gets angry. Is this normal?

My child clenches his teeth and holds his breath when he gets angry. Is this normal?

Ignore It: The purpose of a tantrum, even involuntary, is to obtain a goal. Ignoring it teaches the child that this action gains no reward. Even if they turn blue!! The brain will naturally protect the child from damage. When done, give them a hug, reinforcing the "good " behavior. Over a period of 2-3 weeks, if consistent, the tantrums will lessen in frequency and severity. ...Read more

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