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Normal breathing patterns of newborn babies

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hi i have a qestion with regards to my newborn's breathing he is 6 days old and didnt notice anything in the first few days
we have a sound and movement monitor which detects baby's movements if nothing is detected in 15sec warning beep goes off if in the next 5 sec nothing is detected the alarm goes off. last night the alarm went off 3 times in a 6hr period for one second meaning the baby wasnt breathing for at least 20sec when i listen to him breathe i notice a few faster breaths and that it slows down with time i read somewhere that it was normal i cant tell if he stops for 20sec or not because some of his breaths are hard to track
should i go see a doctor or is this a normal occurance
thank you kriz

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replied January 24th, 2010
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Welcome to the ehealthforum and I am glad to help you out. The normal breathing pattern of a newborn goes like this.

They breathe for a short period that is fast and deep, then they breathe slower and shallower for a while and then they pause for up to 5 seconds or may be slightly longer in various kids before starting again with progressively fast, deep breaths. Pauses of 20 seconds are unusually longer.

If such long pauses continue, then you need to consult a pediatrician, otherwise everything’s fine. It is very difficult to precisely confirm a diagnosis without examination and investigations and the answer is based on the medical information provided.

For an exact diagnosis, you are advised to consult your doctor. I sincerely hope that helps. Take care.

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