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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 7 year old daughter has done with off and on for what seems like a year or two....It seems worse when she is exerting herself. I'm a respiratory therapist and so of course listened to her lungs which are clear and her cough is dry and nonproductive. She seems to exhibit this behavior to a greater extent with and after activity (gymnastics, dancing, running)...but there are other times when she is exerting herself that she doesn't do it. I also see her doing it when she eats.I called my pediatrician today. I'd like her to have pulmonary function tests....I have a suspicion that our air quality is bad and our children are suffering for it. My sister (who is 37) says that this same phonemon happens to her in the spring due to allergies. My sister has a lot of allergies..including an allergy to dust and dust mites.I will post again if I find out more from my daughter's pediatrician. I do notice that when she does it she gets annoyed and anxious about it and then it does get worse.
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    • October 12, 2009
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  • I am glad to read that this is going on with other kids as well. my daughter is almost 5 and I noticed this yesterday like every 30 seconds while sitting on the couch. The odd thing was she seemed to stop when she was busy playing, so I tend to think it is just a habit and when she gets distracted she stops. I was cond=sidering ENT visit. please post if you have any updates on your childs diagnosis
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    • November 12, 2009
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  • I want to thank all of you who have posted to this thread. My daughter just turned 5 and has started to take a deep breath every 30 seconds or so. I feel like it is probably a habit (she has gone through several habits at this point, one to be resolved only by the onset of the next!) However, it does seem concerning. She doesn't really gasp for air. She just takes a deep breath. I find it very interesting that so many kids are doing this and so many are in the same age range. I wonder if it has anything to do with growing, growth spurts, etc. I feel like all of our children are experiencing the same things which leads me to wonder if there is a common denominator. Thanks for posting your findings at the doctor, ER, etc. I was considering taking my daughter to the hospital, but will probably wait until her 5 year old check-up doctors appt. next week since you all are coming up with similar diagnosis. Maybe they will all outgrow it. It is a little concerning. Makes me want to sit by her bed at night and listen to her breath! :(
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    • November 22, 2009
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  • My 5 and a half year old daughter has the same exact condition, she is taking deep breaths every 30 seconds as if the air in not enough for her. This has started yesterday and I am so surprised to read the same problem that is common to all of us here. She may be stressed out with many things such as the fall season (short daylight), us talking about swine flu (such as talking all the time about eating well, washing hands, not touching face outside etc). I think I will stop talking about these things and scaring her too much. I will observe her condition in the next couple of days in the meantime I will do everything to make her cheerful and relax.
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    • November 23, 2009
    • 04:47 PM
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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.
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    • December 20, 2009
    • 01:33 AM
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  • I got here because my daughter has the exact same symptoms. A couple of months ago she started to deep breath frequently and now it is a bit worst. During dinner I could see she was doing it every 40 seconds. Sitting on the sofa was being the same. She has not doing it while sleeping. I am thinking about taking her to the doctor. But would love to know what the outcome was for you.Thank youSilviaHi Silvia,I just happened to get back on here tonight, sorry it has taken me so long. My son's just went away after a month or so and about 3 weeks ago, it has come back with a vengance. He takes deep breaths constantly and he asks me if he is going to quit breathing. This started back after he choked on a cheetoh. He does have some reflux, but I do believe the breathing thing has become a habit. He sleeps fine at night, I watch him and his breathing seems normal. I am taking him to a pediatric gastro specialist on January 3rd, and having an asthma work up on January 5th. I want to cover all of my bases. It is so frustrating, because I can't reason with him. He has been breathing so deeply now that he is giving himself hiccups. It's driving us both crazy. I hope your daughter is better, I would love to know how she is. I am going to save this site to my favorites (I'm unregistered) and I'll check back to see if you have been on here. Again, I wish I had gotten back to you sooner. I'll also let you know what the doctors say.Kelley
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    • December 23, 2009
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  • this is very strange my son is 6 yrs old son and had a bad cold and cough and after that he started this like taking in deep breaths and he kinda lifts his head and neck a bit and kinda gasps for air and says he cant breath good i think he has like shortness of breath but does everything normally plays and all that but when it comes to riding in the car something when i put on his scarf and jacket he starts doing the same gasping for air thing and no wheezing or coughing and they checked him the pediatric pulmanologists did and says hes "fine" he referred us to a pediatric neurologists and says it might be a "tic" anyways anyone wanna talk about this or gimme advice please email me spanishmami143x@yahoo.com im very fustrated over this i dont like to see him take those "deep breaths"
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    • December 28, 2009
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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
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    • December 30, 2009
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  • I remember doing this a lot as a child myself - I am now 20. But it was true, now that you mention it, that it only happened when I was sitting or resting. The reason for me was I couldn't exactly fill my lungs' air sacs (alveoli) all the way with oxygen IT FELT LIKE (I don't know if this was the case or not, I was only a child). This was just how I pictured it in my head, me trying to take deep breaths, filling my lungs to maximum capacity, but the little sacs just not filling. I just couldn't get quite enough oxygen, it seemed like. And then, if I was lucky, after about five minutes of this nagging feeling and feeling like I HAD to get just one good, deep breath, it would finally work and I would feel better, like a nice sigh. But by then I would be so aware of my blood gas levels, that it was hard to stop being so aware, and if I didn't go and do something else, I would continue to feel this way for a while unless I could get a lot of good, deep, fulfilling breaths.I'm not sure if this is relevant or not, but the body doesn't sense low oxygen levels in the blood (to give us an urgency to take a breath), but high carbon dioxide levels. So perhaps that has something to do with it? Maybe some children are just very sensitive to CO2 in the blood? Or maybe not, maybe it's something totally different. At any rate, I'm fine, I have no further respiratory issues, and it has completely resolved itself by now.I hope this gives you mothers some comfort! I don't want you worried... :)Carley
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    • January 17, 2010
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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.
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    • January 19, 2010
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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?
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    • January 28, 2010
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  • My 6 year old son started this a couple of months ago, and it has progressed. He will take deep breaths with his shoulders lifting up, followed by a yawn and grunt. At it's worse, he keeps his mouth wide open and bends his head back. This resolves completely when recumbant, and worsens when he laughs and is active. He will get a headache when it is really bad. He has been complaining of a pain in his sternum for the past few months. DR put him on medication for acid reflux. He was sent to the nurse at school showing signs of difficulty breathing- nurse ran CO2 test which was low, then fluctuated. The DR said her meter must be wrong. We tried an inhaler with spacer to no avail. he is fine and healthy- hoping this is something in which he will outgrow or over come. Will see GI and ENT soon as meds for acid reflux don't appear not to be affective.
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    • February 15, 2010
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  • My 5 (almost 6) year old son just started taking frequent deep breaths 2 weeks ago. It is really concerning us because it started out of nowhere! I took him to the pediatrician, and he said he could hear wheezing in the lungs. He put him on Singulair- one tablet a day- and wants to see him in 2 weeks. My son had had a bad cold in December, and the doc thought that perhaps his lungs were damaged from that and hadn't healed. I can't imagine that being the case since so much time has passed since the cold, but he just recently starting with this breathing. One thing that has occurred to me as I wrack my brain for a reason for this- I just started using Downy fabric softener a couple of weeks ago, just before this breathing problem started. I'm wondering if it could be that? It is very fragrant stuff! Maybe that could be irritating/harming his lungs?? I'm at a loss. I'll keep you posted as to what I find out.
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    • February 18, 2010
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  • hello, i just found this and its interesting cause my daughter the past couple days has been taking big deep breaths. i ask her why or if anything is hurting her and she says no she just has to breath that way...but she is still very active and sleeping just fine..i dont understand it but i am taking her to the doc just to be safe..i notice it when she is sitting and eating mostly...
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    • February 28, 2010
    • 11:28 PM
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  • My son started doing this 2 days ago.He was with his nan and pop for the day and they mentioned it to me in the evening and it's been happening ever since.In the past few months my son first started blinking lots,then stuttering quite badly and now he is doing the deep breath thing-its really worrying as i think they may be nervous tics and I cant figure out what is making him feel like this!he is only 4 and seems pretty happy otherwise and nothing traumatic that I can pinpoint has happened.It's a relief in a way to know we are not the only ones.I don't really want to take him to a doc as I know we will get the brush off as we did with the blinking so would be good to see how you all went with things. I am just going to really try to keep things calm,keep him active and feed him good healthy things.I remember reading somewhere shortness of breath can be attributed ti iron deficiency so I'm going to buy a liquid formula...Will keep looking up the forum and keep you posted of what happens with my little man.
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    • February 28, 2010
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  • Firstly, never hesitate in seeking medical advice for any condition that concerns you. You could easily misinterpret symptoms and allow a condition to go undiagnosed.Anyway, the deep breathing thing started with my six year old boy just a few days ago. I woke at 3am to hear him taking deep single breaths. He was awake, and I asked if he was alright and he told me that he was trying to catch his breath. I took him out to the loungeroom and talked to him for a while before he eventually went to sleep. As soon as he went to sleep his breathing returned to normal tidal breathing, so I assumed it was something psychological but needed to be sure.He did it again after dinner the other night, but again, once asleep breathing was normal. He has also had a persistent cough, mainly morning and night for about three months, but no other symptoms typical of asthma or allergic reaction. In the end, the specialist confirmed today what I had suspected. It is psychological and should go away if ignored. Try to remove any new stress they are under and that may be the solution.But remember, always confirm things through medical advice.
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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 was having this exact same issue. Would complain of chest pain as well. Sometimes worse during exercise. Sleep breathing was normal. Our pediatrician referred us to a pediatric cardiologist. Heart workup came back normal. Cardio doc diagnosed it as chest wall pain, which is basically like growing pains in the muscles of the chest wall. Suggested Motrin if the pain got bad or pre-emptively before exercise. Said to come back if other symptoms developed or got worse. Didn't need to go back--Motrin seemed to help and the breathing/pain has gone away. Whew.
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  • Hi my 5 year old is doing the same thing. Started 2 weeks ago after a bad storm that scared her. I think is was stress and then became habit. She also had strep 3 weeks ago, which can cause these symptoms in children if left untreated (its called PANDAS) She was treated right away so I new it wasnt from that. But then I heard strep was going around in her class again and wondered to myself maybe shes walking around with it. If this continues I will get her a throat culture again to make sure, other than that its probably just a nervous tic that they outgrow If left alone. Kids do all sorts of weird things Ive noticed and they all seem to resolve itself if left alone.
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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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