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Why Is My Newborn Breathing So Fast
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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