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Baby breathes really fast

(9 Posts)
Birdies Tue 29-Jan-13 16:33:24

I took my 1 month old baby to the doctor today as I've realised her fast breathing may not be normal. I counted high 80s a minute earlier when she was awake (the number of breaths). Now she is asleep on me it's high 40s but I think that's still fast when asleep?

The doctor listened for heart murmurs and couldn't hear any but agreed she breathes fast. Didnt seem concerned but said to 'keep an eye on it'.

She has put on loads of weight, seems well and there are no other signs of anything wrong. Does anyone have any experience of this? Could her fast breathing just be normal for her?

beautifulgirls Tue 29-Jan-13 16:46:34

Is this a new thing? Is she making increased efforts when she breathes (moving her tummy, skin sucking in between her ribs when she breathes in)? Is she coughing or has had a cold?

If you have any doubt especially if any of the above symptoms are present then I would seek a second opinion. The "worst" that can happen is that they confirm everything is ok, and if there is a problem then at least that can be addressed.

Birdies Tue 29-Jan-13 16:52:08

No there's no sucking in between her ribs and no cold. The doctor said that her tummy wasnt going inwards under her ribs too and that that's a good sign. I think shes always breathed this fast so not a new thing. It's just that I thought it was normal until I googled.

I might get a second opinion though as I can't stop worrying now sad

YeahThatsTheBadger Tue 29-Jan-13 17:03:36

DS has a chest infection at 1 day old. 120 breaths per minute. When the infection was gone, his breathing rate was still high 70's/low 80's. The consultant said that it could just be 'him' but to keep an eye on him. His breathing rate is normal now.

On one hand I would say trust the doctor-he has checked your DD and is happy it's nothing sinister. But on the other hand, if you are worried, see another doctor because otherwise you might not be able to relax and enjoy the loveliness of your newborn DD.

Birdies Tue 29-Jan-13 17:06:23

I know, its all i can think about sad

How old is your DS now badger?

monsterchild Tue 29-Jan-13 17:08:28

My understanding is that this is normal my day is 4 weeks and his breathing is pretty random.my pediatrician said that babies aren't quite able to regulate their breathing at first.their brains still have to figure out regulating it.that's why being on/close to mom helps them.

monsterchild Tue 29-Jan-13 17:13:20

That should be ds not day!

YeahThatsTheBadger Tue 29-Jan-13 17:25:14

He is nearly 7 months. smile Crawling, hauling himself up to stand and trying to walk.

You know the things to look out for and they're not happening but that's not really putting your mind at rest. As monster says, babies breathing is irregular. I can remember all of my DC looking like they had stopped breathing but they would just be very long pauses.

Have a chat to your health visitor and if you don't feel any happier, try another doctor. I hope it's nothing and you can start to enjoy your DD.

Birdies Tue 29-Jan-13 17:38:58

Thanks everyone. The sensible me says if she's well otherwise then it's probably nothing. But the combination of hormones and sleep deprivation is making me worry! I'll maybe get a second opinion anyway...

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