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Breathing in Newborns

 

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While adults have regular, predictable respiratory rates infants have periodic breathing. Newborns will have several second runs of quick shallow breaths followed by long pauses. A normal newborn can pause up to 20 seconds before it is considered abnormal. Infants are obligatory nasal breathers and do not learn to breath through their mouths for 3 to 4 months. Many infants will sound “congested” until they learn to breath through their mouth.

 

Written April 2010 by
Dr. Gordon, Orlando Pediatrician

 

 

 

 

 

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