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My child makes a whooping sound when he breathes in. Does that mean he has asthma?

My child makes a whooping sound when he breathes in. Does that mean he has asthma?

No: Asthma is usually a breathing out noise, except in its more severe form when patients wheeze breathing in and out. All abnormal breathing should be evaluated by your doctor-other conditions to consider include inspiratory stridor from croup, tracheomalacia, whooping cough, or a foreign object in the windpipe. ...Read more

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Whooping Sound (Definition)

Coughing followed by a "whooping" sound is a symptom meaning a person is coughing so frequently that he does not have enough time in between coughs to take a normal breath. When he finally has the chance to breathe, he breathes in air so fast that he makes a whooping sound. Pertussis (whooping cough) can cause ...Read more


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What is wheezing? My kids nose whistles when she breathes. She currently has cough n colds.

What is wheezing? My kids nose whistles when she breathes. She currently has cough n colds.

Wheezing: Wheezing is a high-pitched whistling sound usually made while breathing out but in severe cases even with breathing in. Its due to swelling and constriction of the lining of the tubes in the lung. As the air passes through the narrowed passages, a stained whistling noise is made. Happens with allergies or infection. Nasal congection can cause noise (stertor) but its not wheezing. See your doctor. ...Read more

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When i breathe, my lungs make a wheezing sound?

When i breathe, my lungs make a wheezing sound?

Have it checked out: You need a bit of a tune up. Don't put it off. You'll be glad you got this taken care of right away. If your short of breath too why not have it looked at tonight. ...Read more

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Started a running nose 3 days ago now is runny/congested. Raspy breathing while awake when sleeping snores Barks when she coughs. RSV? Croup? Cold?

Started a running nose 3 days ago now is runny/congested.  Raspy breathing while awake when sleeping snores Barks when she coughs.  RSV? Croup? Cold?

Croup: possibly due to RSV.or adenovirus get a humidifier by the bedside use saline nose spray every 8 hrs try steam inhalation croupy cough can be very distressing to the child and can cause resp failure if she is not better maneed vaponephrine inhalation and test for RSV ...Read more

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Child makes whooping sound when inhaling but does not have the cough, is that a symptom of whooping cough?

Child makes whooping sound when inhaling but does not have the cough,  is that a symptom of whooping cough?

Whooping cough: Yes absolutely. But it can also be croup. Go straight to the pediatrician's office asap. If they are having difficulty breathing, go straight to the er now. ...Read more

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Three month old daughter gasps and wheezes when she gets really excited, happy, and when crying. Lasts 2 or 3 seconds, then breathes normally again?

Three month old daughter gasps and wheezes when she gets really excited, happy, and when crying. Lasts 2 or 3 seconds, then breathes normally again?

Can be normal: These can be very normal findings, but a remote possibility of an anatomic abnormality exists. If your baby turns blue or dusky around the mouth with these episodes, it is definitely not normal. Make sure your pediatrician is aware.of what is happening. ...Read more

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When will my baby stop being frightened and crying when she hears loud noises?

When will my baby stop being frightened and crying when she hears loud noises?

See below: As a child grows up they will become more and more tolerant of loud noises. Your child is showing a normal startle reflex at this point. Some children will always be startled by unexpected loud noises, though they will react in a different way as they grow up. ...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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My 5mos. Old baby has a wheezing sounds sometimes when he breathes. Is this a sign of respiratory infection?

My 5mos. Old baby has a wheezing sounds sometimes when he breathes. Is this a sign of respiratory infection?

Noisy Baby Breathing: An occasional wheezy sound can come from a stuffy nose, allergy to something in the environment, if the baby's head is positioned to far forward or tilted too far backward. See the pediatrician if the sound persists, is associated with fever or signs of labored breathing: rapid breathing, flaring of the nose, heaving of the chest or stomach, sucking-in between the ribs or above the collarbone, etc. ...Read more

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My 3 years old child makes sound when swallow,but always,it sounds like he swallow air but its strange to me as it always even with own spit.why?

My 3 years old child makes sound when swallow,but always,it sounds like he swallow air but its strange to me as it always even with own spit.why?

Address aerophagia: Involuntary belching after a meal is normal, caused by release of swallowed gas after distension of the stomach with food. Magenblase syndrome is postprandial epigastric fullness & bloating, relieved by belching. Aerophagia (accumulation of gas due to air swallowing) is common with anxiety, hypersalivation from gum chewing, smoking, drinking, oral irritation. Air swallowing can become habitual. ...Read more

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My 1month old baby has gurgling sound when she breathes, its like she has phlegm, but she doesn't have cough or cold, its worst at night what could it be?

My 1month old baby has gurgling sound when she breathes, its like she has phlegm, but she doesn't have cough or cold, its worst at night what could it be?

Can be normal: Babies often have a congested sound because they breathe through their nose and can't blow their noses. Your baby may also have some milk/formula in back of throat that she is not clearing or coughing like adults would. As long as your baby is not having labored breathing, and it is not interferring with her eating or sleeping, treat it as just a noise. ...Read more

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What makes my child whoop?

What makes my child whoop?

And....: In addition to illness, a " whoop" may be heard in tracheomalacia, a benign immaturity of the trachea. Also a tic or involuntary muscle movement, vocally can be that sound. ...Read more

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Why is.my 22 month old son making a very very loud wheezy noise when he's breathing and crying real bad like he's in pain? But only when he's awake?

Why is.my  22 month old son making a very very loud wheezy noise when he's breathing and crying real bad like he's in pain? But only when he's awake?

Sore throat?: If he has upper respiratory symptoms and discomfort, the wheezy & crying might go together. If he is feeding and peeing normally, and alert like usual, then can see Pediatrician if persists. If no to any of those three, call Dr tonight and get further instruction. ...Read more

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Cotton feeling throat and lungs. Cannot breathe in cold air cough like seal. When sleeping wake up coughing sometimes, is this asthma?

Cotton feeling throat and lungs. Cannot breathe in cold air cough like seal. When sleeping wake up coughing sometimes, is this asthma?

Maybe: Asthma symptoms are cough, wheeze, shortness of breath and/or chest tightness that is recurrent. It typically worsens at night and with exercise. There are multiple triggers including allergies, smoke/irritants and even acid reflux. An allergist or pulmonologist can perform a history, exam and lung function tests to help determine if asthma is the cause. ...Read more

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My 6months baby breath very fast wn she sleeping i can hear her breath?

My 6months baby breath very fast wn she sleeping i can hear her breath?

Normal brathing: A baby breathes faster than we do. The breathing you are hearing is due a shortened airwy present in infants. ...Read more

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Whooping Cough (Definition)

A contagious bacterial disease that often causes violent, uncontrollable coughing. Difficulty ...Read more