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If a normal respiratory rate is 12-20 breathes per minute for an adult, and mine is about 6-9. Is this healthy? I do not have any medical conditions.

If a normal respiratory rate is 12-20 breathes per minute for an adult, and mine is about 6-9. Is this healthy? I do not have any medical conditions.

Measurement bias?: If you are not having any symptoms it is not likely a problem but might be a bias as you know that they are being counted. Generally respiratory rates that low only occur from conscious effort or overdoses on medications. ...Read more

Dr. Louis Gallia
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What is the normal respiratory rate for infants?

What is the normal respiratory rate for infants?

24-38 bpm: While newborns may breathe up to 50 BPM in the neonatal period, this settles down into the 20's to mid 30's by the end of the first weeks. Increases are common for increased activity or fever. ...Read more

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My 4 year old has a respiratory rate of 18-19 when relaxing and watching tv. Is that normal?

My 4 year old has a respiratory rate of 18-19 when relaxing and watching tv. Is that normal?

Yes: Normal breathing rates for a 4 year old ranges anywhere from 12-30 breaths per minutes. Of course younger ages breath at high rates. During sleep and at rest the rates clock in at lower ranges so 18-19 is completely normal. ...Read more

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Is 16 a normal respiratory rate for a sleeping 3 year old?

Is 16 a normal respiratory rate for a sleeping 3 year old?

Yes: Breathing rates vary somewhat from person to person, partly related to age, level of activity, fever and general conditioning. A rate of 16 can be normal at age 3. More important is whether the air flow seems relaxed and not obstructed. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have SOB chest tightness and what feels like occasional weak or irregular respiratory rate 3 weeks after smoking cessation?

Is it normal to have SOB chest tightness and what feels like occasional weak or irregular respiratory rate 3 weeks after smoking cessation?

Yes: Following smoking cessation, the tiny hair cells that line the respiratory tract start working again, and start moving up all the accumulated junk and mucus that has accumulated there. This can result in increased productive cough, pain with coughing and even shortness of breath. But it is a good sign, and will stop after several week to months. Congrats on stopping, and stay quit! ...Read more

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Fever can increase respiratory rate?

Fever can increase respiratory rate?

Typicaly - Yes: It is very common for adults and kids to have an elevated respiratory rate when they have a temperature above 101 degrees f. ...Read more

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Does respiratory rate increase with fever?

RR and fever: Fever: yes, it definitely can increase the respiratory rate. ...Read more

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Does a childs respiratory rate increase with fever?

Yes: Plan on about 5 breaths per minute increase per degree fahrenheit. ...Read more

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Ideas? What pain medicine does not suppress respiratory rate?

Ideas? What pain medicine does not suppress respiratory rate?

Non opioids: There are many medications that treat pain. Opioid pain meds all can cause respiratory depression. Safe alternatives are nsaids, tylenol (acetaminophen). Cymbalta, Lyrica and Gabapentin also can help with pain but can be sedating. There are others as well. ...Read more

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What are the effect and mechanisms of action of hypoxia on the respiratory rate?

What are the effect and mechanisms of action of hypoxia on the respiratory rate?

Hmmm: Brain stem senses hypoxia causes respiratory rate to increase. The stress also causes epi and norepi release from adrenals which causes nervousness, increased heart rate and elevated blood pressure. ...Read more

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What does it mean when patients spontaneous respiratory rate increase on a ventilator? Time to come off?

What does it mean when patients spontaneous respiratory rate increase on a ventilator? Time to come off?

No: Many things can cause this: pain, anxiety, delirium, or lack of appropriate sedation just to name a few. Deciding when to extubate someone is more complex then that. ...Read more

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My son was born with a high respiratory rate. Is there a correlation with croup or any other respiratory illness?

My son was born with a high respiratory rate. Is there a correlation with croup or any other respiratory illness?

Unclear: I am unsure how old your son is now but if the fast breathing was only in the first few hours after being born and has then been well it is unlikely to be connected. ...Read more

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What respiratory rate is acceptable for a 6y.O. Trachee at rest (seated)? Work of breathing always fairly high. Best usu 24 but not lately.

What respiratory rate is acceptable for a 6y.O. Trachee at rest (seated)? Work of breathing always fairly high. Best usu 24 but not lately.

Depends on baseline: Everyone has a baseline rate, which his rate is on a day to day basis, especially when not ill. A 6 year old can be between about 15 and 30. (if the child is always healthy, any baseline rate in that range should be ok). However, if a child's baseline increases a lot, over a few days to months, one needs to ask why, such as infection, heart disese, tummy distention, low o2, high co2, etc... ...Read more

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Could there be a device that will measure respiratory rate?

Could there be a device that will measure respiratory rate?

You can check it: Well checking your rr is not that hard, just start the stop watch and count how many time you are breathing that's your rr. If you like to check your oxygen level you can buy pulse oximeter over the counter for 35-50$ and that will show you heart rate and o2 level. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how hyperventilation affect respiratory rate afterward?

Feedback mechanism: There is a feedback mechanism which triggers increased respiratory rate when there is decreased C02 (carbon dioxide)levels. When you hyperventilate
oxygen level goes up and C02 goes down and respiration would slow up. Why do you ask? ...Read more

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If there's bradycardia, is there bradypnea for slow respiratory rate?

If there's bradycardia, is there bradypnea for slow respiratory rate?

Yes: The medical definition of bradypnea (or bradypnoea) is abnormally slow breathing rate (respirations per minute) and as in heart rate the number will depend on the patient's age. ...Read more

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What is the most common respiratory rate and pulse rate of a patient?

Everyone is diffrent: But the average pulse rate is between 60 and 80 beats per min. Resp rate is 16 to 18 breaths per min. ...Read more

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What influences respiratory rate?

Numerous: Main patient effects on respiratory rate include:
1. Anxiety
2. Fever
3. High acid levels in the body (metabolic)

all of the above can increase your respiratory rate. ...Read more

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Will my respiratory rate increase if I start program of long-term exercise?

Will my respiratory rate increase if I start program of long-term exercise?

No: The respiratory rate will increase during the exercise, but will not be affected long term. Your heart rate may decrease from exercise and that is generally a healthy reduction to a certain point. ...Read more

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What happens to your respiratory rate during an asthma attack?

Increases: Early in an asthma attack, the respiratory rate typically increases. However, if the asthma is not treated effectively and the person begins to develop respiratory failure, breathing may become very shallow and even stop. ...Read more

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What's the relation between heart rate and respiratory rate? Is there any formula to calculate one given the other?

What's the relation between heart rate and respiratory rate? Is there any formula to calculate one given the other?

AWESOME question: This is a great question. The physiology is crazy complex, and unfortunately the answer is that hr and rr are *not* linked. Hr is driven by o2 demand, and rr is driven (in a normal non-diseased person) by co2 level in the blood. However, you're sidling up to something called the fick equation that shows that heart rate changes to match oxygen demand, which usually means higher resp rate. ...Read more

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What is the reason for the increased respiratory rate when you have kidney stones?

Pain: People with pain have in increased respiratory rate. If you are not in pain, then something else is going on, see your health care provider. ...Read more

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Is ARDS related to fever and a high pulse rate and respiratory rate?

Is ARDS related to fever and a high pulse rate and respiratory rate?

Not really: ARDS is a lung disorder that can occur as a result of infection, inflammation. It causes the lung to get small and inflamed and filled with fluid. Fever is common in ARDS as well as high respiratory rate. Severe cases require mechnical ventilation at low tidal volumes and high oxygen and peep as well as treatment of the underlying cause. Steroids not helpful initially. ...Read more

Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
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