Infant Noisy Breathing, and Its Treatment, Effects, Causes, Prevention

Published: 13th July 2010
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The normal breathing rate in infants can be up to two to four times greater than in adults. Nevertheless, noisy breathing in infants is definitely a mark of low body CO2 reserves. This chemical is essential for hundreds of body physiological processes and reactions, including: relaxation of muscles, release of oxygen in tissues (Bohr effect), normal immune function, stability of the nerves, control of respiration, dilation of blood vessels, repair of lungs, dilation of airways and many other vital effects. (There are large numbers of naïve or uninformed people who think that carbon dioxide is a toxic gas and deep automatic breathing (hyperventilation) increases oxygenation of the body. Hundreds of physiological papers have observed that hyperventilation REDUCES body oxygen content. The less someone respires, the more oxygen their cells get. This is true for children too.

Tens of medical papers have also demonstrated various negative effects of CO2 deficiency on health of babies. It is a shame of the present medical community that this area is poorly understood and explained in relation to importance of normal breathing rates and carbon dioxide effects.

Main origins of noisy breathing and poor health in babies are: over-heating (too much clothing), lack of tight swaddling, mouth breathing, over-feeding.

Deliberate on how to employ these conclusions in practice. How could you correct environment to satisfy needs of the developing infant?

Use of a pacifier or dummy

At any moment of the day or night, mouth breathing in an infant is to be promptly dealt with a dummy or soother or pacifier.

Heat exhcange

A caretaker should keep in mind that typical infant's metabolism is approximately 2-3 times higher than that in grown ups. Hence, the children are well suited to flourishing in cold conditions and need less clothing. This is possible due to large quantity of brown fat cells babies have. Infants can discharge up to almost eighty % of their heat through their head, when it is not covered. Therefore, in warm conditions, it is crucial to keep the head of a baby uncovered. (Keep the baby cool!)

How to make sure that heat exchange of a child is satisfactory

Hold their both arms and feet for a few seconds. They should be warm. If not, the baby is facing a danger of being overcooled. This situation is very unlikely since great majority of present child-minders overheat their infants.


After decades of silly condemnation (1980s-1990), this millennial cultural tradition is again approved by medical authorities. This was possible due to several positive reviews appeared within this century. Swaddling, in order to be advantageous, is to be very tight, but without excessive heating of the baby.

In hot countries, they use sticks and ropes to ensure proper heat exchange and swaddling at the same time. In Russia, it was normal to cover the cradle of an infant with a blanket leaving a hole (only 2-3 cm in size) for gas exhange. This provides swaddled babies with even higher carbon dioxide content for the body. There were traditions of keeping swaddled children in drawers since they snooze there longer and better, with less awakening and crying.

Additional exercise

Russian Dr. Igor Charkovsky originated a technique that comprises repetitive diving of an infant in a bathtub or swimming pool, showering and teaching children to swim. It is essential to gradually increase the total time spent by a child diving so that to decrease their normal breathing rates.

Finally, any parent should realize that toddlers, newborn, children, infants, all pick up bad habits of parents, including rapid breathing or hyperventilation, mouth breathing, anxiety states, negative emotions and many other risk factors.


Additional details, and auxiliary techniques and suggestions are here: Devastating effects of mouth breathing in children, babies, toddlers, and infants: their causes, effects, treatment, and prevention. The Table that suggests normal breathing rate numbers for babies can be found here Normal breathing rates for children, toddlers, newborn, infants and grown ups .

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