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no b.s. this is a serious question can a baby forget to breathe lol

Posted by on Oct. 12, 2009 at 10:13 PM
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i know, im embarrassed to even say that! but my son seems like he does this sometimes. hes 8 weeks old today and sometimes at random he seems like he forgot to breathe and takes a huge breath and makes a noise and the same face he makes if water drips on his face in the tub (which i heard is because babies automatically hold their breath..)

does that sound odd to any of you? today he did it while he was sleeping sucking on a binky, he woke up startled making the face and taking a huge breath. it freaks me out when he does it sooo bad!! 

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edwardsgirl
by on Oct. 12, 2009 at 10:14 PM

yes; a baby can forget to breathe..but so can adults. You probably forget to breathe in your sleep too. Nothing to worry about unless he starts changing color while he sleeps.

Its normal..You can bring it up with your ped who may want to put him on a monitor just to see what happens but a lot of babies do this and turn out perfectly fine.

ballewal
by on Oct. 12, 2009 at 10:15 PM

It is impossible to "forget" to breathe. Just like you can't "forget" to make your heart beat. They're autonomic processes that require no thought whatsoever (braindead people can breathe). 


Apnea is not the same as "forgetting" to breathe. 

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Ethans_mom718
by on Oct. 12, 2009 at 10:16 PM

Yes my son had that problem. He was on an apena monitor for 6 months.

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mitch576
by on Oct. 12, 2009 at 10:17 PM

it's sleep apnea... bring him to an e.n.t. and request a sleep study.  also.. request a apnea monitor for him to have at night and during nap time. this way, if he stops breathing, the alarm will sound and wake you so you can snap him out of it.

don't panic... it's very common and can be managed until he is a bit older..then there are simple surgical options like a tonsillectomy




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YesNoMaybe
by on Oct. 12, 2009 at 10:18 PM

Quick search and this came up.......

 

Caffeine helps premature babies breathe Tuesday, 27 July 1999 Caffeine could soon help premature babies breathe better Queensland researchers say caffeine could soon provide a safer option than current drugs for treatment of premature babies with breathing problems The University of Queensland's School of Pharmacy and the Mater Mothers' Hospital have just completed a three-year study of 250 babies who relied on a mechanical ventilator to breath. In premature-born babies, the central nervous system is still developing, and frequently they 'forget' to breath. Known as apnoea, this starves the blood of oxygen, and can lead to death or serious disability. Study leader Dr Bruce Charles, said minute amounts of caffeine given intraveneously once a day stimulated the part of the brain which signalled the lungs to inflate. He said while the clinical trials had been extremely positive, compiling and analysing the data would not be completed until the end of the year. "Our study was the first to use caffeine in this way, and because it is a safe drug which can effectively 'wean' babies off a mechanical ventilator, there has been great interest in our work, both in Australia and overseas. Studies that are linked to ours have already begun in Sydney, Melbourne and Hobart." Dr Charles said caffeine had the potential to replace the drug, theophylline, which was widely used in neo-natal units. However, theophylline (also used to treat asthma) can cause the heart of a premature-born baby to race and may lead to gastro-related problems. As part of the Brisbane study, Dr Charles is also using sophisticated computer modelling to examine how the drug travels through the small bodies of babies, some of whom weigh as little as 400grams at birth and can sustain only a limited number of blood samples.

 

http://www.abc.net.au/science/news/stories/s39183.htm

norahsmommy
by on Oct. 12, 2009 at 10:18 PM

you might want to get him checked for apnea, just in case. My dad does this in his sleep and he also does it when he is awake.  He will be reading a book and not breath for a while and then take in a really really deep breath.  He doesn't even know he's doing it.  His doc said he has sleep apnea and he really should wear a machine but he won't

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rockinmama07
by on Oct. 12, 2009 at 10:18 PM

There is a possibility he has Sleep Apnea. I would talk to his pediatrician about having him tested.

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Aislinn
by on Oct. 12, 2009 at 10:19 PM

The short answer, yes. I cannot remember what the exact term is, but it has something to do with the flap in the Esophagus not being properly form or something along those lines. If they 'stop breathing" for more than 15 seconds, it could be a problem. I suggest you call your doctor to one, put your mind at ease and two, make sure that is what is going on. There is a great book called Baby 411. I would HIGHLY recommend it. I did not have one question that book could not answer and I was oblivious when it came to newborns! lol

imechard
by on Oct. 12, 2009 at 10:19 PM

I would have him checked for sleep apnea

mitch576
by on Oct. 12, 2009 at 10:19 PM

some brain dead people.. and even functional people with severe enough injury, require vents... because their body's can "forget" to breathe...causing "respiratory failure"

Quoting ballewal:

It is impossible to "forget" to breathe. Just like you can't "forget" to make your heart beat. They're autonomic processes that require no thought whatsoever (braindead people can breathe). 

 

Apnea is not the same as "forgetting" to breathe. 





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