Newborns in the family bring immense happiness, but this happiness is also accompanied with certain anxiety. It is the anxiety of the respiratory distress that the newborns suffer from. It gets worse with the newborns, as there is no way that they can explain their problems other than crying it out.
Before the issue reaches to its peak level, you need to keep a close eye on the breathing patterns. Often the breathing patterns alarm you of their anguish, which can be treated at an early stage.
To help you out to know your baby’s breathing issues well, we have jotted down few of the breathing patterns that may indicate some kind of distress.
Babies do not breathe through their mouth. It is that tiny passage of their nose that helps them in breathing in and out. The tiny passage may get tinier due to the accumulation of mucus or drying up of the milk. This results in difficulty in breathing that leads to a whistling noise while they breathe.
Seal barking cough
This is the condition that can be witnessed when the baby breathes in. It is a hoarse coughing sound that the baby makes, generally, because of the mucus. It is also a symptom of croup. Croup is an inflammatory infection that is caused in the larynx.
Intense harsh sound
This sound could be the reason for the blockage in trachea, which is located in the neck. However, blockage in the trachea is a rare happening, because the trachea is too wide to be blocked. Tracheomalacia is a condition, when the tissues of this region become soft and flexible. Due to the flexibility, the tissues make a grating noise every time the baby exhales in or out. You may not hear this noise, if your baby sleeps on its back or sits.
Deep coughing is generally associated to the blockage of the bronchi.
Speedy & effort breathing
If this is the case with your baby, you need to jump on guard, as this might show that your baby is suffering from pneumonia. It makes the baby put too much of effort for breathing and the pace is faster than normal. It accompanies a persistent coughing and a rattling sound, when you keep your ears close to the chest of your baby.
These breathing patterns are useful for you to recognize your baby’s respiratory distresses. It is always good to be watchful, so that you can avoid the night-time panic to reach out for a pediatrician.