Why is my baby gasping in sleep?

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Why is my baby gasping in sleep?


There are so many dangers waiting for a newborn that it is clear that we immediately worry about the smallest signs. For example, if the baby suddenly breathes strangely – all the alarm bells go off for us mums: Most of the time they rattle, followed by absolute silence, then a strong breath. Even if the rattle may sound like something is blocking the nose or the windpipe: As soon as the newborn wakes up, the spook is over again. But what exactly is causing the rattle?


Why is my baby gasping in sleep?


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Why is my baby gasping in sleep?

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Regular breathing has to be learned!

Sometimes your baby may stop breathing for five to ten seconds and then take a deep breath. These breaks come because your baby has yet to learn to breathe regularly. In addition, newborns go through different breathing cycles at night. Sometimes your child’s sleep is deep and noiseless – and then very noisy. A rattle, snore or grunt is not uncommon. Laughing too, by the way. Even if breathing pauses or groaning can be worrying for parents, these are not yet serious warning signs.

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The mucus on the larynx makes noticeable breathing noises

“Careling” is the technical term for the baby’s humming, rattling tones. This is completely harmless and normal in newborns. Your child gasps when mucus covers the larynx. Adults would then clear their throat so that the mucus could loosen. Babies can’t do that yet. It can take up to the 5th month of life for your child to control the rattle. But you are not powerless during these five months: If you want to help, either pat him lightly on the chest or on the back. The slime should come off this way.

It is different if your baby was born before the 34th week of pregnancy. Then it is possible that it has what is known as premature infant apnea. Loud “Pulmonologist on the Net” This is because the breathing center in the brain, which controls and regulates breathing, is not yet fully developed. In the case of premature infant apnea, there are always pauses in breathing. Only when this lasts for more than 20 seconds does the oxygen level in the blood drop. Breathing usually regulates itself from the point in time when the 34th week of pregnancy would have been reached. If the breathing problems persist or they worsen, you should definitely clarify this with your pediatrician.

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This is how you will recognize serious breathing problems

However, there are also warning signals that you should contact the pediatrician or even the emergency number immediately if they occur. Such a signal is, for example, if your baby breathes more than 55 times per minute. You should also dial 911 if your child frequently coughs or makes croaking noises. The wings of the nose are inflated and the chest muscles are tense. These signs indicate that the newborn is having difficulty breathing.

If your baby is apnea and has been unable to breathe for more than ten seconds, the situation is serious. Help should be sought immediately if the fingers or face are blue. These warning signs indicate a lack of oxygen. A respiratory infection must also be treated immediately. For example, a whistle when you inhale and exhale can indicate bronchitis.

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