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13Short, Rapid, Shallow Breathing

There is nothing easy about breathing with fluid in the lungs. This is what pneumonia is and this is why it is so difficult to breath when it develops in the lungs. This is particularly true for newborn babies. Their lungs are already struggling to adapt to the

external world, so they are quite vulnerable to pneumonia.

If the breathing of a newborn baby alters, and stays altered for a long time, it may be pneumonia. Sometimes, babies might exert a lot of energy (remember, even just being awake makes newborn babies tired!), their breathing may become shallow. This often happens before newborns go to sleep, just because of energy exertion. However, if the breathing remains shallow and continues over a long period, it is worth monitoring and checking with a doctor.

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