What is respiratory problems in newborns?

Respiratory Problems in Newborns
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How can you treat periodic breathing in infants?

Periodic breathing is normal and doesn't need treatment.

Follow the doctor's guidance for safe sleeping. For example, place your baby to sleep on his or her back.

What is periodic breathing in infants?

Some babies can take a pause in their breathing for up to 10 seconds or a few seconds longer. Their next few breaths may be fast and shallow. Then they breathe steadily again. This is called periodic breathing. It is a harmless condition in premature and full-term babies.

Periodic breathing in infants: When to call

Call 911 anytime you think your child may need emergency care. For example, call if:

  • Your child stops breathing, turns blue, or becomes unconscious. Start rescue breathing or follow instructions given by emergency services while you wait for help.
  • Your child has severe trouble breathing. Signs may include the chest sinking in, using belly muscles to breathe, or nostrils flaring while your child is struggling to breathe.

Call your doctor now or seek immediate medical care if:

  • Your child is rarely awake and does not wake up for feedings, is very fussy, seems too tired to eat, or is not interested in eating.

Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor if:

  • Your child does not get better as expected.

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