Your question: Why is my baby not breathing properly?

Breathing difficulties are common immediately after birth and during the first few hours of a baby’s life. More complex breathing problems a baby can experience are asphyxia, transient tachypnea, respiratory distress syndrome, meconium aspiration, pneumothorax, pneumonia and congenital lung malformations.

When should I worry about my baby’s breathing?

When to call 999

Call 999 and ask for an ambulance if: your child has difficulty breathing or exhaustion from trying to breathe (you may see the muscles under their ribs sucking in with each breath, they may be grunting with the effort of trying to breathe, or they may be pale and sweaty) they’re breathing very fast.

How can you tell if your newborn is having trouble breathing?

For any sign of respiratory problems, you should consult your baby’s doctor immediately.

Signs of respiratory problems may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Rapid or irregular breathing. Rapid breathing is more than 60 breaths each minute. …
  2. Flaring nostrils. …
  3. Retracting. …
  4. Grunting. …
  5. Blue color. …
  6. Coughing.

What to do if baby is struggling to breathe?

Call 911 or take your child to the nearest emergency room if your child’s lips or face turns bluish, if he is working hard to breathe or you think that your child’s life is in danger.

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What does normal baby breathing look like?

Periodic Breathing

At times their breathing rate may be rapid, followed by periods of shallow breaths. There may even be brief pauses where your baby doesn’t seem to breathe at all for a few seconds. This periodic breathing pattern is usually perfectly normal and part of typical newborn development.

How do I know if my baby has low oxygen?

Other common signs of hypoxia (or lack of oxygen) in the baby include:

  1. A lack of fetal movement. (infant lethargy or fatigue)
  2. Bluish or pale skin tone.
  3. Poor / weak muscle tone.
  4. Poor reflexes.
  5. Weak / no cry.