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My 6 week old baby tends to gasp/lose breath while sleeping, what could it be should I be worried?Her provider said it's just baby noises but it's not

My 6 week old baby tends to gasp/lose breath while sleeping, what could it be should I be worried?Her provider said it's just baby noises but it's not

Hard to say: In early weeks, babies can go though a transition pattern called periodic breathing. This is the system figuring out how fast/deep to breathe during the varying states.(sleep/rest/feed/active) It can be fast panting or s;ow deep, there can be a short pause up to 10 sec. By 6 weeks this is usually less noticeable, but occasional pauses can remain. If you think your doc is clueless,get a 2nd opinion ...Read more

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Why does it sound like my 3w old newborn is choking and trying to catch his breath after a feeding when he's asleep?

Why does it sound like my 3w old newborn is choking and trying to catch his breath after a feeding when he's asleep?

Baby Feeding: Could be that they have reflux or lots of post nasal drainage or a plugged nose. Also, the process of alternating breathing and swallowing is a tough thing for babies to learn and can take a little time. ...Read more

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Do babies breath extra fast when they sleep?

Do babies breath extra fast when they sleep?

No: Typically a baby does not breath faster when he or she is sleeping. In fact a lot of times breathing is slower when they are sleeping. ...Read more

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How fast should a newborn breath, my daughter seems to be breathing fast esp when sleeping and pulling to breath born w fluid in lungs (resolved) she's 1week?

How fast should a newborn breath, my daughter seems to be breathing fast esp when sleeping and pulling to breath born w fluid in lungs (resolved) she's 1week?

Periodic breathing: Newborns breath fast...Around 40-50 x a minute. They also have a cycle of breathing called periodic breathing where they breathe very fast then slow it down and can have an interval of up to 10-15 seconds of "holding their breath" then it starts over. As long as she is pink and eating well and in no distress she is fine. If worried at all see your pediatrician..Reassurance is very helpful. ...Read more

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Can babies breathe through their mouth if their nose is stopped up while asleep?

Can babies breathe through their mouth if their nose is stopped up while asleep?

Depends on age/posit: In the first 6m the neck is so short the baby must hold the head up & back to drop the jaw & mouth breathe. This is not a natural position so babies seldom sleep well.The growth of the neck by about 2-3 cm over that time allows the head to be neutral with the jaw open. In early infancy the nose must be clear to breathe without a struggle. ...Read more

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2 week old baby snorts when she breathes and sounds like she's snoring when she sleeps. No fever and appetite is good. Is she ok?

2 week old baby snorts when she breathes and sounds like she's snoring when she sleeps. No fever and appetite is good. Is she ok?

Yes: Nasal congestion in an otherwise normal baby is not uncommon. If acting normal and feeding well, no cause for concern. Saline (salt water) nose drops may help. Exposure to cigarette smoke aggravates the situation. If not feeding well or has a fever (100.4 or higher), seek immediate medical help. ...Read more

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My week old baby has been sleeping so much the last two days, and not eating as much per feeding. He hasn't been fussy but grunting a lot . Pooping n urinating just fine too. Is he ok? What's wrong?

My week old baby has been sleeping so much the last two days, and not eating as much per feeding. He hasn't been fussy but grunting a lot . Pooping n urinating just fine too. Is he ok? What's wrong?

Depends: Not sure what you mean by grunting but that word bothers me a bit. The sleep, eating and pooping sounds ok. Does his breathing sound ok? If concerned i would not hesitate to take your baby to the pediatrician . Grunting is not a normal baby sound but it might be just your description for a normal sound. ...Read more

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How much salt do I put in the water for drops to clear my baby's air way? He is 6months old he's sleepy but can't stay sleep because he can't breathe thru his nose he's had a cold for about a day

How much salt do I put in the water for drops to clear my baby's air way? He is 6months old he's sleepy but can't stay sleep because he can't breathe thru his nose he's had a cold for about a day

Homemade saline drop: If your baby can't eat because his nose is so stuffed or if he's working harder to breathe (look at his chest without close on and watch him breath) then you should seek care from your doctor. Saline drops are: 8 ounces of water (1 measuring cup) with 1/2 teaspoon of non-iodized table salt and a pinch of baking soda. Use a fresh batch every time. Only use two drops at a time. ...Read more

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Is it normal for my 6 month old baby to stomach breathe while sleeping at night? He pulls air from his stomach and onto his chest, it looks like wave

Is it normal for my 6 month old baby to stomach breathe while sleeping at night? He pulls air from his stomach and onto his chest, it looks like wave

Yes: Abdominal breathing is normal for infants; it's actually the form of breathing taught for martial arts, yoga, trained vocalists. When we take "deep, cleansing breaths" we are breathing abdominally. ...Read more

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