Newborn and his breath

Newborn and his breath
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Everything you need to know about newborn and his breath

Breathing, the most effortless activity for us, grown-ups.

In fact, we don’t even observe it. It just happens.

However, it is a completely different story for babies, especially the newborn ones.

They have only been introduced to the concept of using nose and lungs.

When you hear your baby breathing, do you wonder is there something wrong?

The weird noises, the sudden pauses, and the changing breathing patterns make you worried.

Most parents are scared to death when they see their toddler stop breathing for few seconds. And why wouldn’t they?


Different Breathing Patterns

A baby goes through a lot of different breathing patterns in his first few months. Knowing these things are normal will help you to relax and refrain from calling 911 every now and then.

#1 Frequency

Most babies take up to 60 breadth or so a minute. So, his fast breathing pattern is nothing to be panicked at.

This is especially prominent after a long crying session.

#2 Pauses

This is where it starts getting scary.

You see our toddler’s chest expanding and contracting but all of a sudden… it stops. He isn’t breathing at all.

The sight of this will make any parent jump and scream.

But wait. You don’t have to. Actually, it’s completely normal for babies to hold their breath for 10 to 15 seconds.

Next time anything happens like this, wait a while. You’ll see your baby will start breathing normally again after few seconds.

#3 Noises

All those snoring & grunts happen because your baby can only breathe through the nose. Unlike adults, young kids cannot coordinate to breathe through their mouth.

So, when mucus or dried bits of milk are stuck in his nose, your baby keeps blowing it thus making a whistling or snoring sounds.

So, next time you hear this bothering sound, clean up his nose by soft tissues.

When to Worry

There is a time to relax and just let things flow as it is. Then there is sometimes when panicking is required.

Let’s be practical. No parent is going to remain calm when the life of their kids is in danger.

Knowing when to call for help often relieves the burden from the parent’s shoulders.

  • If the baby’s breathing is staying persistently more than 60 breaths per minute even when he is relaxed.
  • You hear constantly sounds even after cleaning up his nostrils.
  • He breathing isn’t rhythmic for long. He pulls his chest a lot with each
  • The toddler holds his breath for longer than 15 seconds. If he starts turning blue, well, call the emergency health care right there.

Closing Thoughts

Educating yourself beforehand will not only save you’re from a whole lot stress and anxiety but also unnecessary bills.

However, you should now be able to draw lines between normal and abnormal activities.

The bizarre breathing patterns of babies are only supposed to last first few months. If the pattern continues, consult a doctor.

If you are unsure about his breathing, you can also ask your doctor during the periodic check-ups.

After all, precaution is better than cure!



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