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Why does my infant grunt while sleeping and now eating?

Why does my infant grunt while sleeping and now eating?

Grunting: Grunting if true, is a sign of respiratory distress in infants. By grunting, infants are applying brakes to their exhalation so that the lungs do not completely empty their air. Grunting helps to maintain a positive pressure in the lungs and hence keep the lungs inflated. It is usually seen with pneumonia, excessive fluids in the lungs and other conditions when the lungs become stiff. ...Read more

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What does it mean if my baby grunts when she breaths and her nostrils are flared?

What does it mean if my baby grunts when she breaths and her nostrils are flared?

Medical Emergency: Nasal flaring and grunting are signs of respiratory distress and should always be taken seriously. Immediate medical attention is required. ...Read more

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My 2.5 month old baby is always grunting and it sounds like she's straining her voice. She also pushes her legs straight out. What does this mean?

My 2.5 month old baby is always grunting and it sounds like she's straining her voice. She also pushes her legs straight out. What does this mean?

Normal events: At this age infants make a wide collection of sqeaking & grunting sounds that have no significance. They have rubbery, pliable airways that vibrate to make additional sounds & they have no social skills, they don't care if the noise they make is odd or not. The legs placement response is also normal until 6 -9 mo. When it becomes less frequent or dissapears. ...Read more

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My 6months old baby is not saying any vowels only grunts and squils, is this a problem? What can I do?

My 6months old baby is not saying any vowels only grunts and squils, is this a problem? What can I do?

Wait for it: At 6 months that is normal. Turn off the tv and talk to your baby. Read to your baby. Your baby will watch and try to imitate the movements of your mouth and even try to feel your tongue and experiment making sounds. When he/she makes a sound you like you sounding approval will encourage more of the same. ...Read more

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Why does my baby grunt all the time?

Why does my baby grunt all the time?

Define all the time: Grunting might be normal if your infant is trying to stool, if constipation is an issue this can be addressed, however grunting can also be the sign of serious illness particularly if it has been ongoing since birth. If cyanosis (blueness often notable around the mouth or lips) is present this would be a reason to call 911. ...Read more

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Is it normal for a baby to grunt and make other random noises?

Is it normal for a baby to grunt and make other random noises?

Yes: All babies make these kinds of noises. As long as there are no signs of distres od difficulty breathing, not only should you not fret over them, you should cherish them--they're pricless! ...Read more

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What does it mean when a child grunts with a fever?

What does it mean when a child grunts with a fever?

Not sure: If child is grunting- i'm assuming very young here-pt should be seen by doctor to see if something more serious is going on then just plain fever symptoms. Not to be an alarmist but this needs attention now. This could be beginnings of sepsis or more serious infection. Sorry. ...Read more

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My 13 week old baby grunts?

My 13 week old baby grunts?

Follow up: While an occasional grunting sound in an infant may be normal, if it persists, is positional, associated with poor weight gain, respiratory distress or sweating, a further evaluation is needed. ...Read more

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My baby is 2 weeks and I m breastfeeding. He is doing well but does a lot of grunting. Should I be concerned?

My baby is 2 weeks and I m breastfeeding. He is doing well but does a lot of grunting. Should I be concerned?

Babies own us: Newborns have no prior training on how to fit into a polite society.They are full of grunts, squeaks, burps and other noises that have no significance.Grunting does not mean they are constipated, and some actually use tightening their breathing muscle to help digestion (grunts/farts and hard tummy wall).Enjoy the symphony, some day you will wish you could go back in time and re-live it. ...Read more

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My 4 week old grunts, strains really hard and turns red the whole 2 hours between feedings. What could this mean?

My 4 week old grunts, strains really hard and turns red the whole 2 hours between feedings. What could this mean?

Varied possibilities: Grunting and straining after feeding particularly with pulling up of the legs may represent an immaturity of the autonomic nervous system resulting in uncoordinated intestinal contraction and relaxation resulting in a crampy pain. This might be considered "colic". If it is associated with arching of the back and head turning this might be esophageal reflux. ...Read more

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