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Constant Fast breathing (not in distress)

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ElleOhElle Wed 09-Sep-15 16:03:12

Since birth my baby has always breathed faster than the recommended maximum of 40 breaths per minute. He is now 10 months and still breaths fast. His resting rate is about 56 this goes up to over 60 if he's been crying. His sleeping rate is around 40. He is not in distress- no retractions, no turning blue. He has had retractions during bronchiolitis and chest infections and has been to A&E but because he is always looking happy he gets sent home.
Has anyone had experience of this? Can it be a sign of a medical condition. It just doesn't seem right to me. He's under the pediatrician and has various inhalers but doesn't seem to make any difference.
Thank you

amarmai Fri 11-Sep-15 19:02:53

Does he also have a fast heart rate? Why has he been given inhalers? If you had to take him to A&E , insist/beg they check him . Talk fast and give them the info re what brought you there and his history.

ElleOhElle Wed 16-Sep-15 12:02:12

He has inhalers because they are treating him as though he's asthmatic but will not diagnose this until he's older. His heart rate is normal

WSM123 Wed 28-Oct-15 01:10:55

Could be hyperventilation syndrome. That becomes a feedback situation and will need breathing therapy. What happens is he is so used to fast breathing that if he slows down his body gets confused and thinks he is stopping so speeds it up again. Usually starts with an episode of anxiety or asthma and becomes "normal" for him Takes a while to retrain

WSM123 Wed 28-Oct-15 01:11:22

Could be hyperventilation syndrome. That becomes a feedback situation and will need breathing therapy. What happens is he is so used to fast breathing that if he slows down his body gets confused and thinks he is stopping so speeds it up again. Usually starts with an episode of anxiety or asthma and becomes "normal" for him Takes a while to retrain

WSM123 Wed 28-Oct-15 01:11:39

Could be hyperventilation syndrome. That becomes a feedback situation and will need breathing therapy. What happens is he is so used to fast breathing that if he slows down his body gets confused and thinks he is stopping so speeds it up again. Usually starts with an episode of anxiety or asthma and becomes "normal" for him Takes a while to retrain

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