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Doctor insights on: Paradoxical Breathing Baby

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Is paradoxical breathing also normal in an infant who is not sleeping (i.e. awake and active?)

Is paradoxical breathing also normal in an infant who is not sleeping (i.e. awake and active?)

Belly breathing: Infants often belly breathe because they do so from contracting their breathing muscle (diaphragm) which pushes out the belly, more than expanding their chest like an older kid or adult. It is not necessarily something bad, but must be put into the overall picture of what is happening. I don't label belly breathing as paradoxical, which implies an abnormality. ...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


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What does it mean when a child has "paradoxical breathing" during sleep? How is it treated?

What does it mean when a child has "paradoxical breathing" during sleep? How is it treated?

Chest IN & tummy OUT: In normal young children, both the chest and tummy expand when breathing in. With paradoxical breathing, the tummy expands when breathing in, but the chest gets sucked inward (downward). Paradoxical breathing can be normal in babies & toddlers because their chest cages are still "soft". After age 2-3 years, normal toddlers (without airway restriction) usually don't have paradoxical breathing. ...Read more

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Is it normal for babies to seem to stop breathing for a few seconds and then resume? 3mo old sometimes seems to do, for 5 seconds.

Is it normal for babies to seem to stop breathing for a few seconds and then resume? 3mo old sometimes seems to do, for 5 seconds.

Periodic breathing: This is normal. It is called periodic breathing and is due to immature nervous system. As the baby gets older it will occur less often. ...Read more

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How long do babies have without breathing before they develop hie?

How long do babies have without breathing before they develop hie?

Seconds to Breathe: It is difficult to say precisely which infants develop hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (hie) and to what degree of severity. We do know, however, that effective breathing (ventilation and oxygenation) should be initiated within seconds of delivery and well-established by one minute of life. If not, there are clear steps for intervention, outlined in the neonatal resuscitation program (nrp). ...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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Why can premature babies sometimes have trouble breathing?

Why can premature babies sometimes have trouble breathing?

Lungs not ready.: Fetal lungs continue to mature until 39 weeks. Babies born prematurely have difficulty breathing because their lungs and muscles have not fully developed/matured and cannot process gas exchange efficiently. Prenatal Betamethasone shot to the mother can accelerate fetal lung maturity. ...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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Is tight infant swaddling safe; might the baby stop breathing?

Is tight infant swaddling safe; might the baby stop breathing?

Too Tight Not Good!: Swaddling is safe but one only need to snug the blanket to limit motion not stop motion. Babies get some satisfaction from swaddling so use it but use it with care and common sense. ...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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At what gestational age are babies lungs developed that they won't need help with breathing?

At what gestational age are babies lungs developed that they won't need help with breathing?

Varies with situatn: Some can be born at 32 weeks and have no issue (mostly females) and some will have poorly developed lungs at 40 weeks (infant of diabetic mother). The main info I give parents is to expect 50% to need oxygen rx if born at or before 36 weeks. ...Read more

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Infant case: difficulty breathing, chocking, not feeding well, fever last week, sleepy, whistle noise when breathing no secretion. What could it be?

Infant case: difficulty breathing, chocking, not feeding well, fever last week, sleepy, whistle noise when breathing no secretion. What could it be?

Bronchiolitis: Have your baby checked. Most of bronchiolitis in infants requires supportive cares. However, if infant's oxygen saturation runs below 92 percent or infant became dehydrated from inadequate feeding, hospitalization will be necessary. ...Read more

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Is there nething helpful 4 treating infant RSV other than hot steam and breathing treatment? My 8 month old is miserable...

Is there nething helpful 4 treating infant RSV other than hot steam and breathing treatment? My 8 month old is miserable...

Be patient: Most of RSV infection in infant of yours requires supportive care, i.e., encouraging fluid intake and watching. Hot steam is not of help. Pay extra attention to infant's breathing. If infant's breathing becomes noticeably heavy, check with your baby's pcp again. ...Read more

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What is the best way to treat my infant chest congestion? No heavy breathing, and she's still eating good. She just coughs a lot.

What is the best way to treat my infant chest congestion? No heavy breathing, and she's still eating good. She just coughs a lot.

See Doctor: A vaporizer and the use of saline nose drops may help the symptoms, but if it continues or has been there a week or more-see your pediatrician. ...Read more

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If a murmur is found in an unresponsive cardiac arrest 5 week old infant, does that mean he still has a heart beat? My 5 week old son died on november 18th and I woke to find him not breathing or responding and he was a little pale. The emt's and the doc

If a murmur is found in an unresponsive cardiac arrest 5 week old infant, does that mean he still has a heart beat? My 5 week old son died on november 18th and I woke to find him not breathing or responding and he was a little pale. The emt's and the doc

I: I am so sorry for your tragic loss. Are you sure that the doctors didn't mean that he had a murmur in the past and that he was in asystole when the you found him? If this is important for you to know, i'd hope your son's pediatrician would be able to clarify the situation for you. ...Read more

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It looks like my child has a wave in his chest when breathing?

It looks like my child has a wave in his chest when breathing?

Any problems?: How old is this child? Is there any trouble breathing? Sounds interesting but cannot fully understand what you are describing. In small children sometimes you can see the heart beating and that can look like a wave. No worries if no distress. If it is a concern video it and see your doctor with the child and video for evaluation. ...Read more

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What are the chances of a baby breathing on his own after being on ventilator?

What are the chances of a baby breathing on his own after being on ventilator?

Depends...: Whether or not a baby on a ventilator will breathe on its own depends on many factors including the reason why the baby is on a vent, the age of the baby, development of the baby, whether or not the baby is improving, comorbidities, etc. But, there are lots of babies who are successfully liberated from the ventilator but need to know more specifics about the individual baby to predict! ...Read more

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Is it normal for my baby to have a hard time breathing when its cold or windy outside?

Is it normal for my baby to have a hard time breathing when its cold or windy outside?

No: Your baby might have cold induced asthma or allergic asthma. Please have your baby checked out by the doctor. ...Read more

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What to do if a friend of ours baby rolled over on a soft surface and stopped breathing.?

What to do if a friend of ours baby rolled over on a soft surface and stopped breathing.?

Very common: It is known that young infants often stop breathing for short periods of time. If concerned see a pediatrician for consultation. ...Read more

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Why might a baby need breathing tubes?

Immature lungs: He may be premature and his lungs are not fully expanded or he may have heart disease among other things. ...Read more

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Why is my child's breathing raspy?

More info needed: Need more information to make an accurate assessment. How old is your child? How long has this been going on for? Any current illnesses? Yelling or crying recently?
If there is difficulty breathing, they need to be evaluated by a physician in person ASAP. ...Read more

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My baby seem to forget breathing at night, is it normal?

My baby seem to forget breathing at night, is it normal?

Probably!: Most babies pause breathing for 15 to 20 seconds in the first few months of life. If the breathing resumes spontaneously and there is no change in color it s usually normal. Make sure you take him to his doctor for a ceck up. ...Read more

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What do you do if a baby is not breathing right after it's born?

What do you do if a baby is not breathing right after it's born?

Baby breathing: We essentially help the baby breathe, even intubate if we need to and assist with breathing. ...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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Breathing spells and bradys. How long will last with a preemie baby?

34 weeks: Every baby is different, but most stop having apnea and bradycardia events (stopping breathing and low heart rates) around 34 weeks corrected gestational age, however sometimes this can be delayed. Gastric reflux can contribute to continued bradycardia and desaturations beyond this point. ...Read more

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What sort of problem is a premature baby's "pausing" during breathing?

Variable issue: After birth, a baby must learn how fast/how deep to breathe to get needed oxygen in various levels of activity from quiet sleep to full fussy behavior. Premi's are less capable in figureing out the cycles, often forgetting to breathe when needed. Although brief pauses are nl, long pauses can lead to low o2 brain injury. Drs use monitors & various meds to manage the premi problem until it resolves. ...Read more