The Real Truth Of Newborn Breathing
to popular belief, newborn breathing does not happen automatically the second a
baby is born. In some ways this can be a good thing since it gives the assistant
a chance to wipe away any fluid, blood or meconium that could otherwise be
breathed in. That being said, if a baby is mature enough and healthy he should
begin to breathe a few seconds after his head emerges.
Breathing and Preemie Babies
babies may experience problems getting his lungs fully expanded due to lack of
surfactant. But these days, if a premature birth is anticipated, this can be
adequately prepared for.
slowness to start breathing is often associated if the mother was over sedated
during labor… which frequently causes a slow down in the baby’s heart rate
before birth. This is why there is a reluctance to give strong pain killers late
in labor. Usually the baby’s heart rate slows during a contraction, but if the
general rate is slow the obstetrician or midwife will try to ensure that a
pediatrician is present at birth.
In the case of my daughter I had an
almost painless labor and no pain killers – nevertheless she refused to
breathe for well over a minute – one of the longest minutes of our
lives. The reason was that my body had been producing natural pain
killers – endorphins – which have a very powerful effect. 15 Years on
she is still breathing fine. But now has compensated for her initial
lack of breathing by talking almost non-stop
Measuring Breathing And More...
Newborn breathing is just one of things doctors check when your baby is
born. When the baby is born your doctor will also check him and give an
Apgar score. This gives points for skin color, muscle tone, respiratory
effort, heart rate and reflexes. For instance: a baby may have a score of 8
out of 10 at one minute if its skin color is a little grey and they are just
a little floppy. Usually a slightly less than perfect score soon improves. A
score of 7 or above is considered good.
score in any area is a sign that intervention is needed. A low score soon
after birth is no indication of possible long term problems. My daughter is
a high achiever – 90% in exams is normal - she scored only 3. But within a
few minutes was a fine, pink, healthy, beautiful baby. A lower score
sometimes occurs after a Caesarean section or after a high risk pregnancy.
all new moms I gazed fascinated at my new baby, but because of the earlier
problem I found it difficult to relax at first. Would she carry on
breathing? Eventually of course I fell asleep.
never had any breathing problems, but if these do occur. Here are a few
practical newborn breathing signs to look out for:
A slight blue
tinge especially round the mouth and lips,
a raised rate of
respiration – babies breathe more often than adults , but a rate of
above 60 times per minute should suggest a problem,
flaring of the
nostrils or even raising of the shoulders with each breath – known as
secondary signs of respiration, and
or grunting on breathing.
Whenever you spot any or all of these newborn breathing signs, I suggest you
see your doctor.
An Easy Solution for Worrying About Newborn Breathing
the possibility of breathing difficulties rob you of sleep. Nowadays there are
great baby monitors available on the market to literally check up on your baby
any time, without taking the time and effort to physically go there every time.
Some of these monitors are quite sophisticated… all designed to give you
complete peace of mind regarding your baby’s breathing and wellbeing… wherever
you move in the house.
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