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Prolonged Breathing Pauses In Children
Dysrhythmia: This irregularity of heart rhythm can be caused by different mechanisms like dropped beats seen in types of heart block or compensatory pauses after premature beats. The rhythm has to be identified by ekg or, if necessary, by heart monitoring as an outpatient. A cardiologist is best qualified to evaluate and treat you. Appropriate tests will be ordered. ...Read more
Does everybody pause when they breath? Or am I die I breath 2 or 3 times then pause then start breathing again
Pausing w/ breathing: First, please see your doc who may refer you to a lung doctor. Secondly, if there are no medical conditions found, please see a mental health professional. You MAY have become obsessed w/breathing. The more we focus on automatic bodily responses the more self-conscious of them. Peace and good health. ...Read more
Is breathing pure oxygen for and extended time harmful and if so what is the proper ratio for what we breath?
My 10 month old will breathe really shallow or even pause in his breathing for 10-20 seconds while awake, should I be concerned?
If he is growing and developing normally, without any air hunger, rapid breathing or upper airway noise, it is probably within normal variation in breathing pattern.
If you notice snoring problems with his development, excessive sleepiness, I would recommend an evaluation. ...Read more
My 4mo old is sleeping, and his breathing is rapid. He also pauses for a couple seconds and starts reathing again. Emergency? Make an app? No biggie?
Periodic breathing: This is generally quite normal. Even at 4 months his little autonomic (involuntary) nervous system is maturing and breathing can be a little erratic. As long as he seems normal otherwise (growing, eating, pooping, peeing etc) it is fine. ...Read more
Periodic breathing: Pauses in breathing in the neonates are called "periodic breathing". It occurs in 80% of full term and 100% of preterm babies. These pauses are usually brief (3 seconds). If they are brief and are not associated with changes in color (cyanosis or pallor) or a drop in heart rate, then it does not require treatment and resolve with time (by 44 weeks post-conception). ...Read more
Less than 20 sec: Is probably okay, consult your board certified pediatrician. ...Read more
Apnea of prematurity: Apnea is a term for breathing pauses more than 20 seconds. It can occur in full-term babies, but is more greater, the more the baby is premature. Apnea may be followed by bradycardia, which is a decreased heart rate. When breathing slows, the heart rate also slows. ...Read more
What all digestive disorder can cause breathing trouble with drowsiness (for a very prolonged amount of time)?
My 2 year old pauses his breathing when he sleeps for a few seconds at a time. I'd guess 2 to 10 seconds. He also sweats like crazy. Is this normal?
Is a snoring toddler always a warning sign? Or is it sometimes benign? He only snores 50% of the time& I haven't noticed any pauses in breathing.
My husband is making weird noise in his sleep. First thought was catathrenia, but he does not pause while breathing in or out. It sounds like hmhmhmhm?
See Pulmonary MD:
We need more information. How long this is going on. What is the weight of your husband,
He will need studies to rule out sleep apnea.
There can be other causes also like adenoids a type of glands in throat area may be enlarged and when during the sleep muscles get relax then along with enlarged glands it may leads to narrowing of the space the space of air passage, and resulted in to sounds. ...Read more
Can you give a 4 year childrens delsym (dextromethorphan) along with a breathing treatment for coughing?
Mom dying. Death rattle. What is the best position, flat or elevated to prolong her life? Heart rate strong. Breathing shallow oxygen 74%. How to help?
End of life: Not sure it will matter at this point try to find a comfortable position for her usually somewhat upright at 30-4 degree angle is ideal. Gather family. ...Read more
I breath two or more three times then pause then breat again idk what is going on my upper teeth are reallt sore to. I'm afraid if I sleel ill just stop breathing bc of the pausing?
Again, you're not: Going to stop breathing. It is automatic, and driven by parts of your brain. Nothing will stop your breathing. Why don't you beleive me? ...Read more
Will breathing in helium gas for an extended period of time (a couple of hours) cause any adverse effects on someone?
Why do I stop feeling my hands and start having breathing problems after sitting for an extended period of time in front of the computer?
Nerve compression: Stand up and walk around at least every 20 minutes. Move arms around every 2 or 3 minutes. ...Read more
Can breathing in a rotten apple for an extended period of time be harmful to health? Can it cause lung disease?
Potentially: If the apple was rotten enough, you might inhale mold spores which is a health hazard, and could cause lung problems, but that is an extreme version of a rotten apple. Throw it away! ...Read more
Breathing problem of 6 year daughter, she claims problem in the throat. X-ray found an extended soft tissue. What do we do next?
Talk to ENT: Discuss the case with an ENT surgeon. If this tissue is benign they will be able to suggest techniques (allergic medications etc) to shrink tissue. If needed they will guide you to other, possibly surgical, options. ...Read more
Can a 2.5 year old have sleep apnea WITHOUT snoring? Or do they go hand in hand? He has up to 30 sec pauses in breathing but no snoring.
Suggest: Sleep apnea usually occurs in adults in middle age and would be unusual in a toddler, but the description of apnea concerns me, and might be associated with seizure activity or even lung or cardiac issues. Regardless of etiology, have a pediatrician exam your child, as this needs help. ...Read more
2.5y/o with noisy breathing, snoring, short pauses in breathing during sleep. Tonsillar hypertrophy= 2-3+. Does this indicate tonsillectomy?
Is it safe to mentally control the breathing in an asthma attack for an extended period of time? We're talking 6+ hours. Are there consequences?
I pediatric doctor I noted children age from 3 to 9 month complain cough and runny nose. Breathing by mouth. On auscultation chest clear what is treat?
Runny nose: The details aren't specific enough to answer clearly. If the child has a low grade temperature it may be one of many common viral illnesses. Is there is an irritant in the home, this also can lead to chronic cough and runny nose: cigarette smoke! Is the child gaining weight well, what is the family history? So it is important to follow up with a pediatrician to evaluate and treat. ...Read more
Muscles: Muscles involved with breathing are: intercostal muscles, diaphragm, abdominal muscles, pharyngeal muscles, and smooth muscles which line the bronchi. ...Read more
Halithosis: Can be due to bacteria on tongue, dental/ peridontal disease, sinus infections, esophaglea or stomach issues as well as tonsiliths (tonsil stones) rarely DM, liver failure cancer. Smoking, alcohol, fish garlic exacerbate it. Brush tongue when brushing, floss, gargle, try Zyrtec/abx for nasal d/c/ sinusitis. BANA test, b galcotsidase test for enzymes correlated with halitosis. F/U with ENT ...Read more
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