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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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If mild hypoxia stimulates respiration, why does severe hypoxia depresses the same?

If mild hypoxia stimulates respiration, why does severe hypoxia depresses the same?

Hypoxia: Oxygen is required for tissues to burn their fuel, just like a fire burning a log. The human system can compensate for mild low o2 by breathing faster, equal to u blowing on the fire to help it burn. If the o2 is so low breathing faster doesn't get enough or the body becomes exhausted in the effort, the metabolism shuts down, equal to the fire going out. ...Read more

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I have severe chest pain when breathing. What could be wrong?

I have severe chest pain when breathing. What could be wrong?

Chest pain: Severe chest pain on breathing in a 33y/o is usual pleural inflammation and generally will go away by itself. If it doesn't should consult your doctor to see if something else is causing it. Would usually resolve in a week or less. ...Read more

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I was wondering is breathing the fumes from lye and water severely dangerous?

I was wondering is breathing the fumes from lye and water severely dangerous?

Yes, breathing: lye without appropriate protection such as Respirator mask may lead to lung injury . It's called Chemical pneumonitis. Please be careful and use the chemical under OSHA and professional supervision. ...Read more

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Is this possible that colon spasm can be very painful day and night with pain when sitting holding my baby, breathing sometimes? The pain is so severe

Is this possible that colon spasm can be very painful day and night with pain when sitting holding my baby, breathing sometimes? The pain is so severe

Maybe: You identify intestinal cause. The problem might be musculoskeletal. You need to see an osteopath who can diagnose. Many new mothers have pelvic girdle strain due to childbirth. Another potential diagnosis is irritable bowel syndrome (ibs). ...Read more

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I get fluttering in my chest that stops my breathing afew sec. I had an ecko and us 10yrs ago but nothing. I just had a severe attack. What can it be?

Your doctor: Those symptoms can be from anxiety or panic attacks, thyroid function abnormalities, or abnormal heart rhythms that require an event recorder (continuous heart monitoring for several days) for diagnosis. Your doctor can get more information and determine the best course of action. ...Read more

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What would cause sudden severe trouble breathing?

Go to Emergency Room: Several life threatening conditions can cause sudden onset difficulty breathing including spontaneous pneumothorax, asthma, pulmonary embolism, heart valve failure. Call 911 and get to hospital immediately. ...Read more

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Severe pain in leftshoulder that affects breathing?

Shoulder Pain: Sounds like you need to have your shoulder looked at by a professional. They will check it's rom (range of motion), strength, and stability. It's possible that they may want to obtain an MRI of the shoulder or may even consider referred pain from another area radiating to the shoulder (ie. Bulging disc and pinched nerve in neck...). Also make sure that your lungs are working fine too. ...Read more

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My child is 11yrs old and has several episodes of irregular breathing during the day. He says its not severe. What could possibly be his problem?

My child is 11yrs old and has several episodes of irregular breathing during the day. He says its not severe.  What could possibly be his problem?

Many things: Call your doctor asap for an appointment and evel. Anytime he has trouble or difficulty in beathing, seek immediate medical attention as this is dangerous and could indicate a serious problem. Seek evaluation asap. ...Read more

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