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My newborn is breathing fast, what's wrong?

My newborn is breathing fast, what's wrong?

ER: If you think your child is in respiratory distress see pediatrician or go to emergency room immediately. ...Read more

Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
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Neonatal (Definition)

The term neonatal is generally used to describe events that occur with an infant within the first 30 days after birth. Some practitioners are looser with the definition & extend the ...Read more


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What should I do if my newborn is vomiting and seems to have trouble breathing?

What should I do if my newborn is vomiting and seems to have trouble breathing?

Trouble breathing: If your baby is vomiting & has trouble breathing you should take baby to ER ASAP, he probably choked while vomiting, from gastroesophageal reflux or any other causes of vomiting. You can call 911 if you don't have transportation. Please don't feed the baby if still with difficulty breathing, only small sips of pedialyte. Good luck. ...Read more

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Why does my newborn stop breathing for a few seconds and then her bottom lip quivers?

Why does my newborn stop breathing for a few seconds and then her bottom lip quivers?

Periodic breathing: Periodic breathing, where newborns have a brief interruption of breathing for a few seconds, is common in newborns. They will outgrow this over several months. Quivering of the bottom lip may just be an isolated finding that does not sound serious. If it persists or is associated with cyanosis (turning blue) consult your Pediatrician. ...Read more

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My newborn daughter gets somewhat pale when she sleeps (still breathing normally). When you wake her, her color returns. Should I be concerned?

My newborn daughter gets somewhat pale when she sleeps (still breathing normally). When you wake her, her color returns. Should I be concerned?

Have Doctor check: Her when she is sleeping with pulse oximetry and do a complete physical exam to be sure this is all right. Ask if the birth hospital did a screen for cyanotic congenital heart disease (most hospitals do this now). Check to be sure she is not sleeping with her head flexed forward on her neck (if she is using a pillow, take it away and have her sleep flat on the bed). The overwhelming likelihood is that she is just fine. These are things that can be done to be certain. ...Read more

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My newborn is having a very hard time breathing through her nose. Nurses are ignoring her. Do I call doctor?

My newborn is having a very hard time breathing through her nose. Nurses are ignoring her. Do I call doctor?

Not necessarily: Babies are "obligate nose breathers". When you plug the mouth with a bottle or breast they have to breathe through their nose. If they cannot eat then there is a problem. Many babies are noisy breathers and even have a cycle of slow to fast breathing...All of which is normal. If you are concerned and cannot get adequate answer to your question then ask the nurse to call the doctor. ...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 a two week old baby develop an ulcer? I was told my newborn nephew was rushed to the hospital lastnite, the baby stopped breathing. The doctors have the baby in icu and told my brother (the baby's father) that it may be acid reflux desease? Would th

Can a two week old baby develop an ulcer? I was told my newborn nephew was rushed to the hospital lastnite, the baby stopped breathing. The doctors have the baby in icu and told my brother (the baby's father) that it may be acid reflux desease? Would th

Reflux in infants: All infants reflux some, a burp is just a dry reflux event. Some reflux back into their nose & trigger their airway to close to prevent stuff from entering the lungs & baby may choke or hold their breath when this happens. Rarely, they can slow their heart & turn blue. This irritates the swallow tube, but does not cause ulcers. Meds & positioning can help. Most grow out of it by a year or sooner. ...Read more

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How can you tell whether new born baby's breathing is fast or slow?

Breathing: The typical newborn will take approximately 40 breaths per minute. However, their breathing rates do vary. They can slow down and, at times, speed up. This phenomenon is known as "periodic breathing" and is normal. With that in mind, the baby's comfort level is the most important indicator. A comfortable is just fine. The laboring child, regardless of respiratory rate, must be seen by a doc immed. ...Read more

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Is it normal for newborns to stop breathing for a few seconds an then continue as normal?

Is it normal for newborns to stop breathing for a few seconds an then continue as normal?

Yes: Newborns must test various patterns of breathing before they sort out how fast/deep to breathe for different activities such as sleep, crying, feeding. They often go through breathing at variable frequency and depth, followed by a 5-10 second pause if they exhaled too much co2.Stopping lets them re-balance. It goes on for about a month. ...Read more

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I have a newborn with raspy breathing during nursing. What can I do?

I have a newborn with raspy breathing during nursing. What can I do?

I would have your: Baby checked by the pediatrician to make sure it isn't anything serious. Most often it isn't but better to be safe. ...Read more

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2week old newborn panting, breathing heavy more than usual while sleeping, should I be worried?

2week old newborn panting, breathing heavy more than usual while sleeping, should I be worried?

Yes, get evaluation: ASAP if your baby's breathing seems labored. At 2 weeks of age, infants sometimes have pauses in breathing, especially while sleeping and then will take several deep breaths, but if the breathing rate per minute is over 55-60 or seems labored, or your infant has a temperature over 100.4, I recommend immediate evaluation. ...Read more

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Why does a newborn have breathing difficulties? She is 7 weeks old and has had breathing difficulties almost from the beginning. Five visits to the pediatrician did not produce answers. She had an irregular heartbeat in her first visit which was normal

Why does a newborn have breathing difficulties? She is 7 weeks old and has had breathing difficulties almost from the beginning. Five visits to the pediatrician did not produce answers. She had an irregular heartbeat in her first visit which was normal

Depends: It's hard to answer your question about breathing problems in your baby without more details. However, in general, babies can have noisy, gurgly breathing. They will sneeze and hiccup. All this is normal as long as their color has not changed (i.e. Turn blue or become cyanotic) and they look comfortable. In addition, a baby's heartbeat can very with their breathing pattern and this can be normal. ...Read more

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What to do with a new born who cries then suddenly stops breathing for a while? Hospital is too far...

What to do with a new born who cries then suddenly stops breathing for a while? Hospital is too far...

For a few seconds?: After crying (which can induce hyperventilation) it can be normal to stop breathing for a few seconds; if the baby is continuing to move and respond, this is not apnea but a break in breathing. ...Read more

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I am breastfeeding, and my newborn is now in his 4 month, can I fast during ramdan when my baby begins his 6 month?

I am breastfeeding, and my newborn is now in his 4 month, can I fast during ramdan when my baby begins his 6 month?

Yes: Your body will continue to make quality milk in spite of fasting, and will extract needed nutrients from your body creating a deficit if you don't replace them during your non-fasting intervals. Keeping the faith does not hurt the babies. ...Read more

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My newborn won't eat! Please help?

My newborn won't eat! Please help?

See your doctor: A baby who won't eat needs to be seen right away by a pediatrician or family practice doctor. ...Read more

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How do I kniw if my newborn is sick?

Fever, fussy: A newborn baby may have a fever (temp of 100.4 or higher) as a sign of illness. Irritability, poor feeding, poor sleep, or even lethargy could be a symptom. Severe cough or labored breathing could be due to a respiratory infection. Vomiting or diarrhea may be a sign of a gastrointestinal infection or food allergy. When in doubt, it's best to call your doctor if your baby is not acting him/herself. ...Read more

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Is my being heavy bad for my newborn?

Is my being heavy bad for my newborn?

Yes: If your weight is in the morbid-obesity zone, you have a high chance of dying or being disabled before your child reaches majority. I would say being orphaned is definitely an outcome you should take steps to protect your child from. ...Read more

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What to give my newborn (6wks) for a cold?

Saline nose drops: You should get the baby checked by the pediatrician if baby is irritable, running fever, not feeding well and if breathing fast
for just nasal congestion without any other symptoms you can use saline nasal drops followed by gentle suction till you see the pediatrician. ...Read more

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What kind of formula could I use for my newborn?

What kind of formula could I use for my newborn?

Whatever works: The basic content of the formulas has been regulated since the early 80's.Each contains enough of needed nutrients for most babies to thrive, but they are not interchangeable. There are 3 basic types, cow milk based, soy based and specialty. Some babies may not tolerate one or more types, but your doc can help you find one if that happens. Find one that works and stay with it, switching can cause problms ...Read more

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Should I let friends and family hold my newborn?

Yes: Cleaning hands before holding a baby is always a good idea. If someone has a cough, they should also use a mask. Young children should be closely supervised while holding the baby. ...Read more

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What must a sitter do if she finds my newborn needs help?

Experience/course: Check with your local community center for a babysitter course. Life support classes are likely offered through this or even separately. Infant life support should be included. Also, with a newborn you may want to make sure that your sitter is experienced with young babies. ...Read more

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My newborn baby sometime get frightened on his own. Why is this happening?

Startle reflex: Babies are born with a reflex that makes them startle easily, called the moro reflex. They spread their arms, then bring them together and may cry. It is normal, and should disappear by 4 months of age. ...Read more

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How do I swaddle my newborn?

How do I swaddle my newborn?

Don't...: ...Swaddle the legs together and straight, it can worsen hip dysplasia. "frog leg, knee up" is the best position for the baby's legs. Swaddling arms to keep the baby from scratching herself is probably ok for the first month or two. ...Read more

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How do I bond with my newborn?

How do I bond with my newborn?

Lots of ways: Breastfeeding is one of the best ways to bond with your baby, and good for the health of both of you. Other ways to bond include singing, talking, and reading to your baby. Smiling at her helps, too. Human touch is incredibly bonding, so be sure to hold, hug, cuddle and kiss your baby a lot, and stroke or caress her frequently. As she gets older, playing peek-a-boo or other games is good. ...Read more

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Why do newborns breath so fast?

Why do newborns breath so fast?

Immature: Newborns have immature nervous systems. They can roller coaster breathe - very fast then slow (or stop x 5 sec). This is normal. Newborn heart rates also vary more than older persons. ...Read more

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Why is my kid breathing fast and acting weird?

Why is my kid breathing fast and acting weird?

Many things: Without more information it would be very difficult to even make a guess as to what is going on. If this child is having any other symptoms or actually having difficulty breathing I would recommend that he be seen by a family doctor or pediatrician asap. ...Read more

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What will happen at my newborn's 2-week checkup?

What will happen at my newborn's 2-week checkup?

A lot: A lot will happen including a review of your pregnancy, delivery, and baby’s first 2 weeks. Weight/height and head circumference will be measured along with a review of anticipated problems or concerns. Making sure your baby is off to a good start and answering any of your questions is the biggest benefit to you. By the way...Congratulations! ...Read more

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Is it normal for my newborn to have an oddly shaped head?

Is it normal for my newborn to have an oddly shaped head?

Yes: The newborn skull is often slightly misshapen (the classic look is that of a cone head) after birth. This is due to the skull bones being squeezed during the vaginal birthing process. This is a normal occurrence, and the skull bones will settle on their own within a few weeks. ...Read more

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My newborn doesn't resemble us or anybody in our families im so sad?

Newborns change: It is hard to know what a newborn baby will look like from month to month. They change very rapidly and it may take a while to, see a family resemblance. Sometimes, children never look like a parent but come to, resemble them as a result of their mannerisms and behavior. You might consider what else, if anything, your sadness is about, especially postpartum blues. If it stays, speak with your doc ...Read more

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Why does my newborn grunt?

Healthy otherwise?: Newborns make a number of interesting sounds with their small rubbery airways. There are some worrisome conditions that could cause it. Most are just born with no social graces and don't really care if they wear a dirty outfit, have mussed hair, or make noises that would be considered improper in a social setting. Enjoy the symphony, it is part of a wondrous plan for growth and development. ...Read more

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Is my newborn sleeping to much?

Is my newborn sleeping to much?

Normal sleep in nb: The answers vary but normal sleep in newborn term infant is between 16-20 hours. By 3 months this can decrease to 14-16 hours. ...Read more

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When can I give my newborn a bath?

When can I give my newborn a bath?

After the cord falls: You can give your baby a bath after the cord has fallen off and the umbilical stump (where the cord has fallen off) is dry. This usually occurs around 2-3 weeks of life. ...Read more

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When can I give my newborn a bath?

When can I give my newborn a bath?

Anytime: A healthy full term baby can be bathed. Make sure the water is not too hot or too cold as they cannot maintain their temperature well. A short quick bath is best. No hard scrubbing. ...Read more

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My newborn hasn't pooped for 2 days?

My newborn hasn't pooped for 2 days?

Breast or bottle?: Breast fed babies can have a little smear with each feed or have one big blowout every 7-10 days. Bottle fed kids will poo more predictably & should go daily. If the poo is soft it is not considered constipation. I don't get hung up on babies timing, I like to look at them to see how they feel. ...Read more

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How do I care for my newborn's nails?

How do I care for my newborn's nails?

Sandpaper: A grandmother showed me once how easy it was to take off the snags on baby fingernails using a 1 by 2 inch piece of sandpaper. Simply face the rough side to the nail & pass it across with minimal pressure & the snag is gone in seconds. Two hands can be done in a minute. Emery boards take off too much skin and nail nippers can take off fingertips-yuck. I keep 120 grade wet/dry paper at the office. ...Read more

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Could my newborn have turner syndrome?

Incidence of Turner: About 1/2, 500 females are born with turner's syndrome. Some may have characteristic findings while others won't be diagnosed until later in life depending on features present. Nearly all have small stature noted by early childhood. Genetic testing identifies girls with turner's syndrome. If you are concerned that your daughter may have this, please discuss further with her pediatrician. ...Read more

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My newborn 3weeks old how should baby act?

My newborn 3weeks old how should baby act?

Like a baby: A three week old should regard your face, respond to sounds, have different cries for different needs, nurse well when hungry and sleep a lot.

When your baby is crying you should be able to console him or her with holding, your voice and or feeding. ...Read more

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Why is my newborn skull an abnormal shape?

Why is my newborn skull an abnormal shape?

Several things: There are many growth lines in the baby skull that push apart from each other in normal growth. If a major line fuses early, a progressive skull deformity may result ; surgery may be needed. Most unusual skull shapes today are due to sleeping position ; improve with age. If your feel hard ridges where the suture lines join you need to see your doctor. If referral is needed tests will confirm it. ...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


Children's Health (Definition)

Children's health refers broadly to the health maintenance and prevention ...Read more