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When my son is asleep his ribcage draws in he has had sleep study and sats are normal what else could this be happen more when bunged up ?

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Dr. Gary Kohn
Pediatrics - Pulmonology
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You did not mention your sons age which can affect the answer. Infants have softer or more compliant chest walls so when they work harder to breathe from various entities you can see the ribs get drawn in.
Also known as retractions. Obstructive sleep apnea neuromuscular diseases or other breathing disorders can do this and i recommend evaluation by a pediatric specialist.

In brief: See below

You did not mention your sons age which can affect the answer. Infants have softer or more compliant chest walls so when they work harder to breathe from various entities you can see the ribs get drawn in.
Also known as retractions. Obstructive sleep apnea neuromuscular diseases or other breathing disorders can do this and i recommend evaluation by a pediatric specialist.
Dr. Gary Kohn
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Dr. Gary Kohn
CP can make this a more notable phenomena. It depends on his muscle tone.
Dr. Kristen Stuppy
Pediatrics

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Very thin babies have little muscle and fat to hide their ribs, making "normal" appear "abnormal".
Problems with either the heart or lungs (sometimes metabolism) can show with difficulties breathing or increased work of breathing. A careful history of what you see, a careful exam, and possibly labs/xrays are needed to identify if there is a problem and what it might be. Talk with his pediatrician!

In brief: Need more info

Very thin babies have little muscle and fat to hide their ribs, making "normal" appear "abnormal".
Problems with either the heart or lungs (sometimes metabolism) can show with difficulties breathing or increased work of breathing. A careful history of what you see, a careful exam, and possibly labs/xrays are needed to identify if there is a problem and what it might be. Talk with his pediatrician!
Dr. Kristen Stuppy
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Dr. Kristen Stuppy
I'm sorry I misunderstood the question... it's all in the details! Kids with chronic conditions need close follow up with their physicians and these online "quick" answers don't always meet their needs. There is no way to share a complex history, and the answer will not necessarily consider all the issues.
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