BREATHING

Many parents worry about the breathing patterns of their children. While physicians have actually contributed to these worries in the past">

BREATHING

Many parents worry about the breathing patterns of their children. While physicians have actually contributed to these worries in the past, there are thankfully very few breathing "patterns" to worry about. The most important is apnea or stopping breathing for more than 15 seconds. Stopping breathing for less than 15 seconds is considered normal. Infants exhibit something called periodic breathing in which they stop breathing for up to 15 seconds. Infants periodic breath about 5% of the time for a total of 30 minutes of not breathing a day if you add it up. Infants can also appear to "catch their breath" and can breathe rapidly for a few seconds to minute and both of these are normal. If you see your child stop breathing for more than 15 seconds, then please call the office immediately on an emergency basis or call 911. Please also refer to the circumoral cyanosis (blue around the lips) section.

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