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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

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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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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


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