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child takes deep breaths alot

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  • Posted By: dunnit32
  • September 19, 2008
  • 07:13 PM

I have noticed that in the last couple months, my daughter keeps taking deep breaths more so when she is sitting. I also monitored her during sleep and she doesn't have any problems. She doesn't seem to get winded after playing, but she also doesn't play real hard either. I talked to my pediatrician about it and she said that it could just be a tick. Any help or insight would be greatly appreciated.

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  • My 9-yr-old daughter does the SAME thing. Every so often, she takes a spontaneous deep breath. She doesn't do it while highly active physically (running and playing), but during other times -- walking, sitting, etc. I had her checked for asthma but her lungs are fine. She is aware of it and calls it her "breathing problem" and it seems to agitate her from time to time, but then she stops talking about it. I thought it was an attention-getting thing but I've noticed she does it whether we're talking about it or not. She is an anxious, intense child so I'm wondering if it's behavioral and related to anxiety, some sort of self-calming mechanism. I'm not quite sure what to do for her other than to help her developing self-soothing strategies. Has anyone found out anything further from doctors?
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    • November 30, 2008
    • 02:58 AM
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  • My 7 year old son has been struggling with this problem since November, 08. However the symtoms were very severe. His need to take very large breathes was so strong that at the top of the breathe he would continue to try and get more air for an extended period of time... and his eyes would roll up with the effort. We probably made 10 trips to emergency in just as many days. The doctors were confused and thought he had asthma but after 6 days they realized he was getting lots of air. One doctor suggested using a paper bag to breathe into to reduce any hyper-ventilation problems. Eventually the intensity of the the symptoms began to reduce and over about a 2 week period they eventually disappeared. Two months later the symptoms are back. Each episode seems to be a bit stronger than before. He's had chest exrays, ECG, blood tests and Lung Function Test, asthma medication, sedatives but nothing really seems to help. They say it might be anxiety but I'm not convinced. It usually happens in the evening at bed time but it has also awakened him at night once and happened in the morning as well. We are very concerned and would very much like to understand what is happening. Thanks for sharing.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 21, 2009
    • 06:06 AM
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  • Hi, my seven year old daughter does this too, she has been doing it for the last year since her grandfather died while he was staying with us. she seems to struggle to get a full breath and also seems to yawn a lot at the same time, but the yawns dont seem to be due to her being tired, more to do with the need for more air, we took her to the doctor and have been back there a few times, she has also seen a child specialist who puts it down to anxiety and stress about being aware of people dying. it seems so sad that little girl is stressed at the age of 7 but we will just try to work through it. I am sure the breathing thing is something that gets worse the more they are aware of it. she has had all the tests and they are negative. I hope this helps you all, maybe there is a reason your child is stressed that you havent noticed.
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  • How strange, my son who just turned 7 started this about 1 1/2 months ago. It all started after he choked one night eating. He got the food out, but I think it scared him. We've been to his pediatrician and ENT. They both said it was reflux, but I think it is more anxiety. He hasn't ever been worried about his health, but now he worries all the time. I don't know what to do. His lungs are clear, his blood oxygen level is great. He may have reflux, but this is an unusual symptom. It is strange how all of our children are doing this. I was thinking I would try and have him checked for asthma, but he is fine during sleep, no deep breaths. How could our little ones carry so much stress at such a young age? It makes me feel like I've done something wrong, like maybe I have scared him too much. I am a worrier and I am trying really hard to lighten up in front of him. I hope for all of us this just passes. It seems once we become parents, there is always a worry. I'm praying for all of our little ones.
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  • My almost 6 yr old child does this too. I pretty much only notice it at night when we are reading a story before bed. I thought maybe it is anxiety because I know that he does find Kindergarten to be hard and a lot of work, but it is also occuring on weekend nights when he knows there isnt any school the next day. After reading these posts, I now wonder if it does have anything to do with allergies. I do not believe that he has asthma because he is very active and athletic and never seems to get winded but he does have an allergy to dust mites and peanuts. It is close to impossible for him to not be around dust especially in the winter. Perhaps it is just a tick..I have very recently noticed him doing a funny thing with his eyes this past week too..almost like squinting but he's not closing his eyes in a squint way, he is actually periodically opening them a little wider, as if he is moving his eyebrows up and down, but this lasts only a second and isnt a frequent thing. The sighs have been ongoing now for months.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 20, 2009
    • 01:33 AM
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  • My almost 6 yr old child does this too. I pretty much only notice it at night when we are reading a story before bed. I thought maybe it is anxiety because I know that he does find Kindergarten to be hard and a lot of work, but it is also occuring on weekend nights when he knows there isnt any school the next day. After reading these posts, I now wonder if it does have anything to do with allergies. I do not believe that he has asthma because he is very active and athletic and never seems to get winded but he does have an allergy to dust mites and peanuts. It is close to impossible for him to not be around dust especially in the winter. Perhaps it is just a tick..I have very recently noticed him doing a funny thing with his eyes this past week too..almost like squinting but he's not closing his eyes in a squint way, he is actually periodically opening them a little wider, as if he is moving his eyebrows up and down, but this lasts only a second and isnt a frequent thing. The sighs have been ongoing now for months.Oh my goodness, I posted here a month or so ago about my son and his deep breathing. Well yesterday, he started telling me funny things were happening with his eyes. Now I'm starting to freak out a bit. When I asked him to explain, he can't really put it into words. He has been doing strange things with his eyes because he says they feel funny. If you get back on here, let me know what is happening with your child. We are going back to our pediatrician tomorrow for testing for asthma and I also hope reflux testing. I'm starting to wonder if it is anxiety. He choked this past summer and that is when the breathing started. It went away for a few months, but came back about a month ago (he choked again) and I am at my wits end. This is the only site I can find anything on. Please keep me posted. Kelley
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 30, 2009
    • 02:26 AM
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  • My 5 year old little girl also has started about a month ago taking in these deep breathes. Sometimes it's worse than others. Last night she really scared me because she kept doing it really hard and was getting pretty upset about it. She finally went to sleep and then was fine. I have always had problems with anxiety and nervousness and also some OCD. I wonder if it is just something that she is going to have also. It makes me feel sooooo bad! I can't stand to see my baby go through that! Has anyone figured out anything about this condition that so many kids seem to have?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 28, 2010
    • 02:31 PM
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  • I'm a thirty year old mother of three. i've had the same symptoms(taking frequent deep breaths)since i was eight yrs old. I felt as if i wasnt getting enough oxygen. At age eleven during a school sports physical the doctor found a heart murmer(mitral valve prolapse). Having the mitral valve prolapse increases your chance for anxiety. For years i've been coping and dealing with the symptoms of feeling breathless, but six months ago i started taking Xanax to relax a bit. i take it every few days only when symptoms drive me crazy. it helps tremendously. for younger kids i would look for an alternative for the xanax. i would also recommend a magnesium/calcium & fish oil supplements. you can also google the link between anxiety and mitral valve prolapse or murmers.
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  • My 4 year old daughter has been doing the same deep breathing thing as well for about 3 weeks. I took her to the doctor then and she said she had a sinus infection she took antibiotic for 10 days and finished it up almost a week ago, but is continuing to take these deep breaths. I think maybe it is some sort of anxiety or tick. Anyone find anything medical for this condition?
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  • I just stumbled across this thread and I am relieved to hear others are having similar problems. I am a 21 year old female and I have been having the exact same breathing problems since I was about 8 years old or so. For a long time my doctor ignored my complaints. Once she gave me a prescription for pills to relax my lungs, which helped for about five seconds. I remember taking at least half the bottle the first night, if not more. It always seemed to get worse when I was lying down. It was hard for me to explain to her because it usually comes and goes at random. When I started college it was particularly bad. My mother thought it was anxiety and stress, but I wasn't anxious, nervous, or stressed at all at that point. I have been tested many times for a lot of different things, but I don't have asthma. I have been diagnosed with depression, ADD, sleeping problems, and had to deal with a lot of "adult" problems when I was much younger, so maybe those are contributors. The test results say my lungs are just fine, but like some others on here said I just feel like I can't get enough air. Yawning does help when taking deep breaths doesn't. If I'm having a bad day I can get very lightheaded and it greatly affects my ability to do things. As for sports, it is very hard for me to run and heat seems to make breathing harder. A few years ago my doctor finally took my complaints seriously and she told me that I have COPD after running more tests. I was prescribed an Advair inhaler, which helps a good bit. I don't have to take it every day, only when I feel like I can't breathe. I have read a lot about COPD and it is usually most common in older adults who have been smoking most of their life. I don't smoke and try to stay away from those who do, however I was born with pneumonia and had it again a few years later. I've also had chronic respiratory infections and get them about once a year, so maybe that is also a contributor. COPD could be particularly specific to me, but it might be something you want to have your child checked for, especially if they suffered from pneumonia or are around second-hand smoke. Hope this helps some of you.
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  • My five year old takes deep breaths every couple minutes. She doesn't do it while she is sleeping so I don't think its a medical issue. It may be a coincidence, but she seems to have started this within days of getting her 5th Dtap vaccination at her five year well visit. I hate to think that its anxiety. I suffer from it and I am really hoping to spare my children. She was doing it back in the late fall for a couple weeks and I took her to the Dr. He said her heart and lungs both sounded good. i'm now wondering if that episode followed her flu vaccine??
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  • Oh my goodness, I posted here a month or so ago about my son and his deep breathing. Well yesterday, he started telling me funny things were happening with his eyes. Now I'm starting to freak out a bit. When I asked him to explain, he can't really put it into words. He has been doing strange things with his eyes because he says they feel funny. If you get back on here, let me know what is happening with your child. We are going back to our pediatrician tomorrow for testing for asthma and I also hope reflux testing. I'm starting to wonder if it is anxiety. He choked this past summer and that is when the breathing started. It went away for a few months, but came back about a month ago (he choked again) and I am at my wits end. This is the only site I can find anything on. Please keep me posted. KelleyMy 5 year old daughter has been doing the same thing with her breathing and tells me she is having a hard time breathing. I took her to the dr twice 1 month apart and she tells me it is a tick, attention getting. She actually told my daughter that nothing was wrong with her breathing. Yesterday my daughter said she was having the breathing trouble again, and I reminded her that the dr said she was fine. She said 'I know what the doctor told me but I am telling you I am having a hard time breathing!" She also is doing an odd thing with er mouth and when I questioned her she said she has to yawn and can not. Also is saying odd thing about her eyes like: my eyes are really big right now or they are small again. Not sure how to follow up with this, but I do believe she is having trouble breathing.
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  • My 7 year old daughter just started doing this again, I noticed it several months ago and it just went away, but have noticed it again, she only does it when shes watching TV or when shes reading, Ive been observing her, this is the only time she does it, when shes "relaxed". She usually sucks her thumb but we've been telling her to stop and I've noticed she does it when she's not sucking her thumb. I know the thumb sucking is a self soothing mechanism and if she cant self soothe, this causes stress, which Im assuming causes her shortness of breath. This has happened to me, I felt like I couldnt catch my breath, they did feel like sighs, and it was caused when I lost my job and almost split up from my husband, it was followed with a panick attack few weeks later. I document everything because I document migranes so it has become a habit to constantly write down when I feel "weird", I totally beleive this is stress realted, it could be wether the child has lost something or someone, is being weined from something, suffers from nervous problems or anxiety problems. Im also taking my daughter in to the doctor just to be sure its what I think, I will keep you posted for anything that might help.
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  • My 9 year old son is having the exact same problem. Last summer he was diagnosed with "asthma" but I am not seriously questioning this since none of the typical asthma medicines worked (inhaler, nebulzer). We are now working with a hypnotherapist for anxiety but that doesn't seem to be working long term either. It works in her office and for a couple of days after but then we're right back to where we started. This is very frustrating and, of course, we keep questioning whether or not something is really physically wrong with him. Has anybody found anything that worked or a diagnosis?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 16, 2010
    • 02:26 AM
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  • hello,My daughter has a similar problem. About a week ago she started taking deep breaths with a gasping sound but it is almost every breath that she is doing this with. I ask her why she is doing it and she said her throat feels bad so she has to. She is still very active but does have a cough that is worse during the night and in the morning. Im not sure if I should worry or not. My older daughter went through asthma stuff when she was a baby and this doesnt seem to be the same stuff. Any advice would be great thanks My 4 year old son has been having these deep breathing episodes for over a month now. At times it is every breath, other times it is a couple of times a minute. It got worse there for a week where it was every breath all the time. Its hard to do nothing!! He has been to his pediatrician and allergist with no answers. He breathes normal at night though. They say it is anxiety and to ignore it and it will go away over time. He has an appt with a pulmonoligist early next month. Let me know if you get anywhere. Do you think your daughter has allergies?
    Dannielle 4 Replies
    • September 12, 2010
    • 11:20 PM
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  • My 4 year old son has been having these deep breathing episodes for over a month now. At times it is every breath, other times it is a couple of times a minute. It got worse there for a week where it was every breath all the time. Its hard to do nothing!! He has been to his pediatrician and allergist with no answers. He breathes normal at night though. They say it is anxiety and to ignore it and it will go away over time. He has an appt with a pulmonoligist early next month. Let me know if you get anywhere. Do you think your daughter has allergies? I dont know if she has allergies she has been having problems with her eyes getting puffy lately and now this...she actually has gotten a fever today so I think I might take her to the doc tomorrow and ask them about allergies. I just think it is weird but she doesnt seem to be bothered by it and she doesnt do it at night so I guess it could be just a habit that she has developed.
    ihave2taks 2 Replies
    • September 13, 2010
    • 00:18 AM
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  • I'm encouraged to hear Carley's reply. I've been witnessing my 11-yr old daughter having to take deep breadths and will soon be taking her to see the pediatrician. Like many others, she is unhibited during physical activity, but has been affected playing her instrument at school. Her deep breadths are also accompanied by burping, something I haven't read much about here. Has anyone noticed this problem as well? This makes me think there's something gastrointestinal going on. This whole issue seems to bother mom and dad more than it does her, but we're concerned nonetheless. I'm guessing we'll end up going through the normal course of x-rays to try to rule out anything more serious.My 3 1/2 yr old has been taking deep breaths just like everyone is describing. It is casing her to burp & pass gas constantly. Once she's asleep, she's fine. I've had problems with anxiety myself & find myself having to breathe like that often & worried she was copying me. I think it is anxiety. She also has had many "tics" that go away only to be replaced with something else. as long as she's OK, I'll just ignore it.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 4, 2010
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  • Maybe a chest X-ray is in order--check for heart enlargement or lung condition. Is she possibly depressed? Deep breaths can actually be "sighs."My son who started having the same problem a few months after he turned 7 and had a chest xray. SInce the tests were clear and his oxygen level was fine the doctor thought it was anxiety. He doesn't do it when he busy, playing sports or playing with his friends or sleeping. He does it when he is walking and watching TV or just sitting. I'm not satifisfied with his Drs anxiety diagnosis. He did loose his father at age 4 and went though aniexty at the time, but it has been 4 years later when this breathing problem started.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 20, 2011
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  • I'm a thirty year old mother of three. i've had the same symptoms(taking frequent deep breaths)since i was eight yrs old. I felt as if i wasnt getting enough oxygen. At age eleven during a school sports physical the doctor found a heart murmer(mitral valve prolapse). Having the mitral valve prolapse increases your chance for anxiety. For years i've been coping and dealing with the symptoms of feeling breathless, but six months ago i started taking Xanax to relax a bit. i take it every few days only when symptoms drive me crazy. it helps tremendously. for younger kids i would look for an alternative for the xanax. i would also recommend a magnesium/calcium & fish oil supplements. you can also google the link between anxiety and mitral valve prolapse or murmers.My daughter (4 1/2) was just at the doctor's for her annual checkup. She had just had teh flu and ever since has been taking these deep breaths. The doctor found a heart murmur, now you've got me thinking. We are waiting for an echo now.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 27, 2011
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  • For lack of better word's it is nice to see I am not alone with this subject. My son has had this breathing issue for 2 1/2 months now. It started as a sinus infection and bronchitis. Then came the flu, then a cold. We made 9 trips to the ER and a trip to his family doctor. They ran every test under the sun including the painful ones. He had 2 chest xrays, 2 throat xrays, 2 sets of blood tests, 2 types of oxygen tests, a co2 test, a blood gas test (which by the way is the most painful test you can get! It is a VERY large neddle that goes into a main artery in the wrist to test oxygen in the blood), He had EKG, He had a pee test, Just name it and he had it, He went from 70 pounds to 58 pounds and is still loosing, He barely eats. Did I mention that He has seen 8 different doctors? He never went to the same hospital twice. His attacks as we call them got so bad that his heart rate went down to the low 40's and he blacked out. He get's so bad that he get's (paralyzed). EVERY doctor and place we went said Anxiety attack. I refused to believe them. My doctor made me start a journal on his attacks. What was he doing when it started, what was he eating or playing, how bad was the attack, how long did it last, and so on. I have came to notice it is at times when he has to do something he don't want to do like school or clean, it is also when he don't get his way, when he is mad or sad, when he can't figure something out or find something, and so on. At night he is fine while sleeping. I am leaning toward anxiety a little more now like doctors. I am looking into med with his doctor and we will see. Good luck to all of you as this is a very sad and painful thing to watch our babies go through
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    • February 23, 2011
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