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Gasping while drinking?

I've noticed lately that my 6mth old son has started gasping when taking his bottle. Its just one gasp right when he starts sucking. Its scaring the crap outta me. I dont know if this is normal.. I looked up gasping in infants on google, and just found some sites about babies who dont gasp dying of sids. Im not sure if he's at a higher risk or not. Do any of your babies do this? Do you think maybe he's getting too much air, not enough, I dont know what to do. I will be calling his dr. in the morning, but maybe you ladies can help me. Thanks in advance.

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Asked by Auntiemom410 at 11:40 PM on Mar. 15, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • Newborns are actually born with the ability to breathe and swallow simultaneously. As a baby grows, they lose this ability and have to hold thier breath while swallowing just like an adult. He's probably reaching this stage and learning to coordinate things.

    Answer by mamapotter at 11:45 PM on Mar. 15, 2009

  • *PHEW*--- Big release of breath-- I will still probably consult with his doctor, because he was hospitalized a few months ago with pneumonia, but I definately feel so much better after reading this. Thank you so much.

    Answer by Auntiemom410 at 11:58 PM on Mar. 15, 2009

  • I was going to say the same thing as mamapotter. Try blowing in his face to see if he'll hold his breath, newborn babies will hold their breath when you blow in their face. Your son might not because he is getting older and learing how to breath like a more mature child.

    Answer by JenFunSniffer at 12:00 AM on Mar. 16, 2009

  • Thanks guys. I'll blow on his face when he wakes up and see what happens. It times like this i really love this website.

    Answer by Auntiemom410 at 12:09 AM on Mar. 16, 2009

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