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My baby is breathing so fast

Question by Guest | 20/05/2018 at 22:43

I got my first child home 3 days ago and I am confused why it breathes so fast.

I started a little experiment and counted for one minute how many times I inhale and exhale and how often my baby does it. My baby breathes about 40 times per minute, I only 18 times. That scared me a lot and I'm a bit shocked.

Medically, everything should be alright with my child. She was born to plan at the calculated day and the doctors told me that there were no adjustment difficulties. Should I go to the pediatrician because of the breathe? This breathing can not be normal.

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If you are worried, go to or call your pediatrician. However, regarding the breathing I can totally calm you.

The lungs of your child are still very small and have to grow first. Your child inhales only a fraction of what you inhale. Look how deep you inhale and what a short breath your child makes.

Here I have a small table with guideline values for you, which are normal for the respective age. You can compare them with your child.

  • Premature Babies: 50-70 breaths per minute
  • Newborns: 35-50 breaths per minute
  • 6-12 Months: 22-30 breaths per minute
  • 1-2 Years of Age: 17-23 breaths per minute

For comparison, between the ages of 12 and 14, there are only 15-20 breaths per minute, and in old age, there are as few as 17 breaths per minute. Therefore, you can calm down. It's all right with your child.
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