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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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  • Am having same problems as other users. While we live at high altitude (i.e. Colorado), my 5 1/2 year son was very healthy (no breathing problems) until 1 week ago...started gasping for air...particularly at night...but not while sleeping. It was a pretty sudden onset. He said he just "played too hard" at a playground the daycare center went to. Prior to this, very physically active and NO breathing problems. He started out taking the deep breaths approx 2 xs/min. Tonight I watched him...one deep breath every 5-10 seconds. He swears nothing else hurts/bothers him. I don't know what to think. It doesn't seem to be happening when he sleeps. He got the 5 year old shots 5-6 months ago. Is this problem happening with any folks that are refraining from vaccinations?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 27, 2010
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  • My 6-year old daughter is doing the same thing. It's lasted about a month. I'm chalking it up to a nervous tick. She's starting a new school this week and I think she's just worried. Prior to this habit she chewed her hair 'til I had to cut it short. The doctor said it was just a habit that will pass. She plays sports regularly and never has problems getting winded. I'm going to watch it for another couple weeks and then get her checked out, but seriously think it's just like any other nervous habit that kids get - nail biting, teeth grinding, sniffling, etc. Usually it goes away if you don't point it our and get them thinking about it.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 27, 2010
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  • 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.DOCTORS VERY OFTEN PLAY GUESSING GAMES WITH A MEDICAL PROBLEM SOMEONE IS EXPERIENCING AND TEND TO BLAME IT ON TICKS OR ANY OTHER POSSIBLE REASON THEY CAN COME UP WITH WITHOUT FINDING THE REAL CAUSE, AND ENDLESS NUMBERS OF PEOPLE BECOME A VICTIM OF THIS.I myself have been experiencing this exact breathing problem as so many described on this thread. Ever since my teens I would take a deep breath every 5 minutes or so and notice I didn't feel satisfied or fullilled as if not enough air goes to my lungs. When I go to the doctors and explain this exact problem they always give me a lung test and the test always indicates my lungs are in perfect condition with no possible problem. SO MY QUESTION IS WHY IS THIS HAPPENING??????? I'm 44 now and it seems through the years this breathing problem got a little worse where it seems I need to take a very deep breath every minute or so and once again I went to a doctor last year and all they did for me was give me anothor lung test that showed my lungs were strong and in perfect conditon.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 28, 2010
    • 07:48 PM
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  • You can try a homeopathic treatment with an experienced classical homeopath, since in homeopathy we know remedies to heal this kind of symptoms no matter what was the cause. But believe me: many things are caused at the birth and stay there the whole life.If you wait until doctors will find out what the cause for this problems, you might wait in vain. And even if they would know the cause, it still requires a healing remedy since knowing the cause it does not mean a guarantee for healing.So do not loose you time in vain and find a good homeopath.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 28, 2010
    • 11:14 PM
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  • Hello all,My daughter is 6 and started doing a wiered breathing thing a few weeks ago. She is taking deep breaths like most of you seem to be experiencing however she is doing it with every breath and making a gasping sound with it. I am not sure weather to be concerned. She is still active and when I ask her why she does it she says that her throat feels bad and the air makes it better. I just dont know any advice would be greatly appriciated.ThanksWendy
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 12, 2010
    • 03:00 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 greatthanks
    ihave2taks 2 Replies
    • September 12, 2010
    • 03:36 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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  • My son did that a couple of years ago when he was 6 or 7 and as it turns out he came down with scarlet fever (strep with a rash) and we were worried that it was affecting his heart (which had always been healthy). Luckily, after the antibiotics and a couple of months went by, he stopped the "taking deep breaths while sitting" altogether. I was a mess thinking he couldn't breathe due to possible heart or lung issues. You all might want to check their lungs and heart to make sure the shortness of breath isn't anything caused by a bacterial infection or something else. Signed, happymomma.
    happymomma 2 Replies
    • September 15, 2010
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  • my 3 year old daughter does it all the time, i took her to the doctor , he said there wasnt anything wrong with her. now it seems to be getting worse , she now crys and says it hurts her chest but only if shes walking fast, i now have to slow down or she cant breath. im worried more now and will be taking her back to the doctors.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 15, 2010
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  • Hello allI have just been through nearly a year of this with my 2 year old son. Countless ashtma medicines, steriods etc, which does not work. He breaths loudly even when resting. The best thing to do is to ask for a referal to a pediatrictian. Thats what I did, and we are seeing consultants now at the hospital. Although he does has asthma, all this time they have been giving him steriods for his lungs, when actually its his nasal passages thats the issue. They get clogged up and itchy / runny which makes him mouth breathe, so now we are trying steriod nose spray. He also takes singulair pill which helps and ventilin when needed.If your child has itchy nose, runny nose, or signs of allergies (or family history of allergies) then its worth the referral as they will also xray the chest, and then you can get the proper evaluation, as I'm afriad, doctors are uselsess in this country. The pediatricians are very good though and do a thorough evaluation. With my son, he has mild ashtma, but his main issues is with his nasal passages / allergies to dust etc, so now we are treating the nose as the main cause. I was getting very concerned with all the steriod inhalers the docs were giving him for his "Ashtma" as the steriods have terrible short and long term affects, and all this time, he really didnt need them. What he needed was something for his nose! Try remove carpets in the childs room, and keep house very clean. No smoking or pets around the child. In the Summer get a antihistimine for the child from the doctor too. This helps.Hope this helps
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    • September 17, 2010
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  • Hi, Did anyone have any updates on the symptoms that our daughters have been experiencing? I'm still not sure whether to visit the doctor on this matter or whether I'm just being a bit over reactive? To me my daughter's deep breaths just seem odd and a little disturbing. I'm just wondering if she is taking these deep breaths as an alternative to yawning? Any advise would be greatly appreciated.my six year old son is very active and he is experiencing the same thing. he is not weezing and this is happening even when he is not active. his oxygen level is fine. the dr says he does not seem to have asthma. i am worried that he may have a bigger problem.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 26, 2010
    • 01:03 PM
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  • My son just turned 5 and he is taking lots of deep breaths like he can't catch his breath. He has also started to blink a lot. I've read a lot of replies saying that it could be a tic. My son is on ADHD medication and I'm wondering if this could be a side effect from his medication. He has been on the medication for a few months now and this has just started. He has an appointment in a couple weeks for a check up and I'm anxious to hear what the pediatrician says about this.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 27, 2010
    • 10:36 PM
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  • my six year old son did this same thing for many months. I asked his doctor and got the same response that it is a tick. I doubted it but didnt really know what else to do. Come to find out it was exactly that. It lasted quite a while but did go away... now hes on to a new tick of blinking a lot. once again got his eyes checked and sure enough he has 20/20 and its a tick. i doubted all this and panicked but it appears as if they come in go in stages and this one too will go away eventually. Dont talk about it with your child.. that exacerbates it from my experience.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 29, 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.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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  • It could be from heart failure. Ask your doctor for a MRI of the heart and the lungs.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 12, 2010
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  • Please do not ignore your child's symptoms. I have asthma symptoms when I catch a cold or during the allergy seasons. The only symptom I have is deep breathing and tiredness....it feel horrible. Do NOT ignore your kids. Please go for a pulmonary function test and a lung and heart MRI because congestive heart failure could also cause these symptoms. Also, another uncommon sign of asthma in children is throat clearing....
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 12, 2010
    • 03:10 AM
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  • My 5 year old daughter is doing the same thing. Her Dr. said she's growing. Kinda like a growing pain, but instead its like misfirings in the electrode/diaphram area. (bare with me here, this is the jist of her explanation) she automatically came to this diagnosis when I told her what my daughter described to me which was "it feels like I'm not not getting enough air". My daughter is not ill, she has no fever, it seems to happen when she's relaxed or sitting quietly, it also seems to disappear when she's busy with something...this came on today and it freaked me out enough to call her dr today. I hope this helps.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 14, 2010
    • 01:59 AM
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  • Hi,My son does the same. Deep breaths every once in a while, during inactivity. He's completely normal otherwise, very active. It started last week. Heart and lungs sound good, according to the family doc, so we're just leaving it alone, and seeing if it goes away.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 14, 2010
    • 08:10 PM
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  • 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.My 5 year old daughter has started to take deap breaths, I was very worried, but then thought I would imitate her and take deep breaths, basically once I started I could not stop doing it unless I concentrated on my breathing, if you think in oxygen terms, your child will take a deep breathe therefore she is taking in all the oxygen around her, she then tried to breathe normally, but as she has just taken in all the oxygen around her, she is not getting enough oxygen with her normal breathing, so she is taking another deep breathe and so on and so on, I found the best way to stop it is to take them out in the garden for 10 minutes to gets lots of fresh oxygen
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 22, 2010
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