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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

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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How often do you see paradoxical reactions to Valium and xanax (alprazolam)? Is it often or infrequent

How often do you see paradoxical reactions to Valium and xanax (alprazolam)? Is it often or infrequent

Not very common: A paradoxical reaction to a med is one that causes the opposite of usual expected effect. In a benzodiazepine it would be anxiety, insomnia, over-stimulation or agitation. If this occurs, one would suspect an unidentified underlying problem as associative cause (such as bipolar disorder, thyroid disease, drug abuse). In any case, discontinuation would be indicated & a search for other causes made. ...Read more

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See saw smacked my front tooth and half of it is gone. What will the dentist do?

See saw smacked my front tooth and half of it is gone. What will the dentist do?

If: There is enough tooth structure to bond to a resin bonded filling may be possible. If the fracture is extensive, you may need a crown or veneer. ...Read more

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I'm having problems breathing, and I have the symptoms of pneumonia. Who do I see?

I'm having problems breathing, and I have the symptoms of pneumonia. Who do I see?

Primary doctor: You should seek care from your primary doctor, or even your lung doctor if you have one. If you have difficulty breathing you might consider utilizing the emergency room. ...Read more

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My 5 month baby has a cold and breathing harder, and I see his ribs move. Should I take him to the e.R.?

My 5 month baby has a cold and breathing harder, and I see his ribs move.  Should I take him to the e.R.?

Yes: What you are describing are called retractions. This is the use of extra muscles to breath. It is a subtle sign of respiratory problems such as wheezing or pneumonia. I would first call your pediatrician and try to be seen by him/her. ...Read more

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Taking qvar 80mcg for past 2 day and my breathing returned to normal. Is it okay to stop using it for a few days to see if i can function without it?

Taking qvar 80mcg for past 2 day and my breathing returned to normal. Is it okay to stop using it for a few days to see if i can function without it?

Maintenance med: Qvar is meant to be used daily to control asthma symptoms, and is not a rescue inhaler. Suggest you talk to your doctor before attempting to discontinue it. ...Read more

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I can see my veins so blue all over my body and this just happened all of the sudden. Why do you think it is? Also feeling breathing shallow. Thanks

I can see my veins so blue all over my body and this just happened all of the sudden. Why do you think it is? Also feeling breathing shallow. Thanks

Veins: Veins becoming more prominent might indicate a change in the pressure of the venous circulation. Together with breathing symptoms, it suggests a checkup is needed. For a personalized consultation consider seeing your doctor and/or getting a thorough review here on HealthTap. ...Read more

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I have been suffered from short of breathing since one week.l have also flu.what is It? At this time I don't want to see a doctor.any suggestion plz.

I have been suffered from short of breathing since one week.l have also flu.what is It? At this time I don't want to see a doctor.any suggestion plz.

Best option: best option is to go see a doctor. how do you know it is a flu and not bacterial? how do you know you dont have pneuomnia? go to a doctor and get an appropriate history and physical exam. ...Read more