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Wheezing in Newborns?? trinimama 1 child; Trinidad and Tobago 8767 posts
24th May '08

I've noticed about a week now (my baby is 2 wks old) that my daughter has started wheezing when she breathes. She would be breathing normal, and in between she would start wheezing like she has cold on her chest or something :?:cry:
I'm worried and I dont go for her pediatric checkup till Thursday .
Did anyone else infant have this problem?? What could it be??
And she coughs mid-breastfeeding like she's choking.
Could it just be cold or could it be something more serious?:shock:

Me-shell - 7 7 kids; Guelph, Ontario 7387 posts
24th May '08

Coughing while breastfeeding is probably normal . Milk comes a little too fast so she chokes.
Wheezing could be normal but I would definately ask your doctor about it as soon as you can , she's too young not to check it out.
Does she have a runny nose at all ?

Runαwαy Slave 1 child; New Orleans, Louisiana 65504 posts
24th May '08

could be RSV
I'm having Gavin checked for it Monday
http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvrd/revb/respiratory/rsvfeat.htm

Me-shell - 7 7 kids; Guelph, Ontario 7387 posts
24th May '08
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trinimama 1 child; Trinidad and Tobago 8767 posts
24th May '08

No she doesnt have any fever or snotty nose..I've been checking for that, just maybe a lil runny nose, nothing major.

Runαwαy Slave 1 child; New Orleans, Louisiana 65504 posts
24th May '08
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Runαwαy Slave 1 child; New Orleans, Louisiana 65504 posts
24th May '08
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trinimama 1 child; Trinidad and Tobago 8767 posts
24th May '08
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Ben & Miley's Mommy 2 kids; Louisiana 619 posts
24th May '08

this may give u some comfort, when my son was a new born i thought he was wheezing too and i took him to the doctor and they said that they milk was staying at the top of his throat and making that gurrgling noise as if he was wheezing, so it may be as simple as that, but i would definatly still go to the doctor

♥~Trevor~♥ 34 kids; Michigan 1127 posts
24th May '08

Ask your doctor about "Stridor". Its a very common thing in newborns, but often goes misdiagnosed. There's a lot of reading on the net about it...just look up "stridor in infants". Its more common in boys than girls. My son has it. It goes hand in hand with reflux, which is also very common. They grow out of the stridor around a year to a year and a half of age. Stridor comes out more when babies feed or cry. It also sometimes has a high pitched whistle sound when they breathe...sounds like a cute little baby noise.



Stridor is where the flap in the esophagus gets "lazy" and doesnt function properly. As they feed, it gargles the liquid as they swallow, which makes the congestion noise as they breathe. It sounds just like a chest cold, but its not. The noise will come and go...and lessens with age. Its pretty much harmless. Its extremely rare to need surgery to fix. As the baby gets older, the flap muscle gets stronger, and finally does its job properly. Also, watch the diaphram area in your babys chest as they breathe. Does it sink in when they inhale? It will be a small round indent about the size of a nickle...and will dip in deep when they breathe. that is also a way to check for stridor.



The only thing that is real important is, if your baby ever needs any type of procedure where they need to be put to sleep (any testing done for anything)...the anesthesiologist needs to know about the Stridor. There are certain precautions they need to take that are different from non-stridor babies. For instance, usually, a liquid sedative can be given to place the baby into sleep stage...where as with stridor, the baby will need to be gas-masked instead. Also, any throat tubes that ever may need to be placed in the throat for breathing, will irritate the airway even more, so they have a special one that only goes to the back of the tongue instead. I'm sure your baby will never need to worry about that...but I just wanted to mention it just in case. My son had surgery, and procedures were different because he had stridor. If your baby has stridor, always make sure every doctor knows about it, and its noted in his charts. Even remind them just in case its overlooked. And always mention it to the pharmacist whenever any meds are prescribed...they need to know that also.



I hope some of this info helped you. It wasnt meant to scare you...and as I said, Stridor is most commonly harmless. But, it is something that should be checked by a Pulmonologist.

trinimama 1 child; Trinidad and Tobago 8767 posts
24th May '08

Will take what both of u said in to consideration
Because I am still not sure..she looks as though she's struggling to breathe at times and yea u hear a gurgling on her chest and she'd sound as though she's trying to cler her throat..

♥~Trevor~♥ 34 kids; Michigan 1127 posts
24th May '08

Good luck hon, and let us know what you find out. Take care. :D

Rachlmt05 Florida 1 posts
6th Oct '09
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