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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

Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
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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

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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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What is the normal value for respiratory rate, blood pressure and pulse rate for a 24 y/o man?

What is the normal value for respiratory rate, blood pressure and pulse rate for a 24 y/o man?

Average normal range: Young healthy adult male typically would have a respiratory rate 10-12 per minute, blood pressure under 120/80, and pulse rate 60's - 80's. ...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 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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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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Is it possible to have a respiratory rate 48 / minute in an adult?

Yes: It's possible, but it would be a sign of a serious problem. ...Read more

Dr. Oscar Novick
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