When it comes to the normal newborn breathing rate, you may want to know about the irregular pattern of their breath as well. Basically, the babies can breathe fast, make weird noises, and take a quite long pause between their breaths. They sound so much different from adults due to several reasons such as:
- Babies mostly use their nostrils than mouth while breathing;
- The pathways are quite smaller yet easier for obstruction to be around;
- Babies chest wall is mostly made of cartilage and pliable than adults’;
- They still learn to use the lungs and other breathing muscles along with the development of their respiration;
- The amniotic fluid may still present in their body even.
Just like the week-14 pregnancy, there is nothing to worry about overall. However, it is important to pay attention to the babies’ breathing pattern typically. This way is how you are going to learn about the normal one and the abnormal ones.
Normal newborn baby breath
As we have mentioned earlier, the normal breathing pattern of your baby may take between 30 and 60 breaths in one minute. When they are sleeping, they can slow it down up to 20 breaths per minute. When the baby hits the age of 6 months, the breathing pattern will take between 25 and 40 breaths per minute and fewer when they are sleeping.
Newborn, on the other hand, can have the rapid breaths then pause it for about 10 seconds at once. It is indeed very different from the adults’ pattern and some parents feel alarmed by that. After a few months, those irregularities will eventually resolve by itself. However, the transient tachypnea could occur on the first days of the newborn. And if the newborn breathing issues are still happened after hitting 6 months of age, it could be caused by an allergic reaction or short-term condition like a typical cold.
The indication of newborn breathing heavy with noise
If your baby is breathing heavily followed by noise, you may need to listen to it more carefully so when you call the doctor you can explain it. However, several noises could be categorized into something normal such as:
- Whistling noise due to the blockage in the nostril;
- Hoarse cry or a barking cough due to blockage in the windpipe;
- A deep cough due to a blockage in the large bronchi;
- Wheezing due to the narrowing lower airways.
Those are basically normal but the doctor may need to listen to it by using a stethoscope. Some of them can also be fixed by doing suction mucus. Asking the doctor will be a good solution but you need no worry about it after all.
When your baby is breathing fast, you may find it alarming. It can be caused by several things but mostly there might be some fluids in the airways. It comes from infection due to fever, pneumonia, or others. This condition needs to be immediately evaluated even though it mostly is not an emergency.
Tips for the parents
If you sense something is wrong and you are concern about it, reaching out to the doctor immediately will be a good call. Irregular breathing pattern can be a bit alarming is several cases. Some of them could be the trigger toward the parental anxiety for sure. So, it is important to look at them. If they seem in distress then you should immediately bring the baby to the doctor.
As we have mentioned earlier, it is important to learn and find out about the normal breathing pattern of your baby. Other than that, make sure that the baby sleeps on their newborn sleep schedule and their back to reduce the risk for the sudden infant death syndrome. If your baby has a respiration infection and is hard to get a good sleep, you may ask the doctor to clear the congestion.
You can prepare and bring saline drops everywhere. This thing could help to loosen up the thick mucus. Other than that, babies could have a fast breathing pattern when they are upset or overheated. Choose comfy and light fabrics for our baby. Since they are still small, anything could be alarming especially about the newborn breathing pattern.