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3 week old snorting and gurgling when breathing in sleep?

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philbee Sun 19-May-13 03:55:23

Should I all out of hours GP? She sounds like she can't clear her throat, or has a blocked nose. It's not really her breathing as she breathes normally for a while and then gurgles and flails about for a while. Am hoping to see the mw tomorrow, but don't know what to do about it right now and NHS choices has nothing.

PariahHairy Sun 19-May-13 04:03:46

Sorry lovely I'm not much help, newborns are strange and exotic creatures at the best of times. It does sound a little bit normal, could she have a bit of wind?

I know that is a cliche, but tbh it was the cause of 99% of my newborns discomfort <darn wind>.

catsdogsandbabies Sun 19-May-13 04:07:53

I would say it is normal. My 4 wk old is a very noisy sleeper. But call nhs direct for reassurance. I think wind plays a part.

PariahHairy Sun 19-May-13 04:08:09

Oh and btw they do a good possessed impression with wind too, eyes rolling about in their heads, just a warning grin.

If you are really worried then call ooh, always better to check than not smile.

AmandaCooper Sun 19-May-13 04:36:01

Try squirting a little milk up each nostril or pour some up from a spoon or from a dropper. Buy some saline drops to use in the morning.

AmandaCooper Sun 19-May-13 04:39:32

I took ds to the GP for this - his breathing sounded so rattly and laboured. I recorded it on my phone. GP didn't even examine him - just asked was he feeding ok? Any temp? Plenty of wet nappies? Then said it was completely normal for newborns and prescribed saline drops. Definitely get it checked out but don't worry too much in the meantime.

adoptmama Sun 19-May-13 07:16:39

DD was like this and was diagnosed with laryngomalacia which she outgrew by the time she was 2ish. (Hard to tell she had outgrown it due to her adenoids though). I would have it checked although if it is larnyngomalacia there is nothing to worry about as it sorts itself out and the noisy breathing is the worst of it.

BikeRunSki Sun 19-May-13 07:29:44

Normal, it's because the cartilage in newborns' throat/nose hasn't fully stiffened up yet.

CabbageHead Mon 20-May-13 06:18:54

Our DS was very very noisy sleeper but turns out he had reflux so often the milk coming back up was a problem.. GP,s did not diagnose until her was nearly 6mths old! (By which time he grew out of it!) but it sounded scary when he was newborn and he used to wake up choking on milk sometimes, so could be reflux..? We raised his bed a bit so he could sleep better. Newborns sound like little scary animals when they sleep, quite surprising and frightening for parents I reckon!

mummytopoppy1 Mon 20-May-13 08:32:29

I used to worry lots about my DD snorting/mucousy/gurgling noises when she was tiny. She was fine otherwise (no temp, normal nappies, sleeping, feeding) and the HV and GP both told me that babies are born with lots of mucous inside them, and it takes them a few weeks to clear it out. Sure enough, by the time she was 8/10 weeks she slept much more quietly. I used to get so stressed about it, but it is normal. Get it checked out if you are worried though.

MiaowTheCat Mon 20-May-13 12:44:25

DD1 used to make a succession of noises that sounded exactly like an old fashioned whistling kettle building up to the boil.

philbee Mon 20-May-13 17:32:06

Thanks all. Have been to GP although felt a bit daft. But he listened to her chest and was very understanding and said it was fine. So that's all reassuring.

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