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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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  • 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."
    marionstar 228 Replies
    • September 19, 2008
    • 09:16 PM
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  • no I don't think she is depressed. It's not really like a sigh...its a a big gasp...like she can't get enough air.
    dunnit32 2 Replies
    • September 20, 2008
    • 03:32 AM
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  • Are they like yawns? Sometimes an ear problem can cause yawning...could she have an ear infection? Try to record the time sequence for the "breaths", so when you go to the doctor you can show her.
    marionstar 228 Replies
    • September 20, 2008
    • 10:59 PM
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  • no, not really. they are just like she is taking in a breath that isn't fullfilled all the way...kinda hard to explain. but thanks 4 the input
    dunnit32 2 Replies
    • September 21, 2008
    • 03:06 AM
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  • Hi, my daughter seems to have the same symptoms as you daughter. I haven't been to the doctor yet and I really don't know whether to go. I am therefore very interested in any advise or recommendations that come out of this topic.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • September 21, 2008
    • 03:16 PM
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  • my 5 year old daughter does the same thing, a deep breath about every minute or so. she has no problem running around and getting winded. she is very active. im having her checked this week.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • September 22, 2008
    • 00:57 AM
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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.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 11, 2008
    • 09:44 PM
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  • My 7 year old daughter is doing the same thing, frequent deep breaths mainly when she is sitting. She said she feels like she isn't getting enough air unless she breaths that way. When she sleeps at night, she seems perfectly fine. I'm calling her pediatrician tomorrow. In the mean time, does anyone know what is going on?
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 17, 2008
    • 04:27 AM
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  • Hi. My daughter does the same thing... she has asthma but all tests came back normal. When she is sleeping she breathes fine but during the day she takes a deep breath every minute or so. Any input would be appreciated...
    elliesmom 1 Replies
    • November 9, 2008
    • 00:44 AM
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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?
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • November 30, 2008
    • 02:58 AM
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  • Okay this is so strange! I have been worrying for a couple of months now why my 3 year old daughter keeps taking these deep breathes as described by the many of you who wrote previously. Has anyone heard or learned any more on this behavior? I also notice that my daughter does it when she is really tired and right when I pick her up from preschool. She also does it less when she is entertained or heavily distracted. Part of me feels like she may even be doing it for attention or because she has a really hard time just "being". Although she is only 3, she is is quite intense and needs constant activity. Any advice would be helpful? I hate when my husbands tells me I am overreacting.
    jlovell 1 Replies
    • February 21, 2009
    • 03:54 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 42,789 Replies
    • February 21, 2009
    • 06:06 AM
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  • My son is 6, he's doing the same thing. Only it's like every second. His doctor did a chest x-ray and listen to his heart and lungs. One day it was so bad that I took him to an urgent care place on the weekend and they did all kinds of tests. Breathing into a tube (in and out) and oxegen test and blood pressure tests. Everything was completely normal. I'm taking him to a pulmunary specialist next week. It totally bothers me. I wish I could be a ease about it. His doctor thinks it stress. Imagine a 6 year old with so much stress that his breathing is labored. I wish I could take him in today.
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  • My 7 year old son is taking deep breaths every minute. I have seen no other symptons. I believe it is just a habit and the more i mention it the worse it gets. But just to be on the safe side he is going in to see his doctor tomorrow. He sleeps fine. If i remember correctly my daughter did the same thing when she was about this age, the doctor told me that it was just a habit, i ignored it and it finally went away. If no other symptons develop i am going to chose to ignore. Maybe it is stress.
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  • went to ER today with my 4yr old that does this same thing as well. all tests run were normal as well as chest xrays. dr said same thing as above that to watch her at night and if it is a problem will show during sleep, otherwise, probably just a tick.hate seeing her do this as I feel like I have to do something
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  • My 7 year old son is taking deep breaths every minute. I have seen no other symptons. I believe it is just a habit and the more i mention it the worse it gets. But just to be on the safe side he is going in to see his doctor tomorrow. He sleeps fine. If i remember correctly my daughter did the same thing when she was about this age, the doctor told me that it was just a habit, i ignored it and it finally went away. If no other symptons develop i am going to chose to ignore. Maybe it is stress.just curious how long this went on before it went away? weeks/months?thanks!
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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.
    robert.pierce 1 Replies Flag this Response
  • 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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  • 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 youSilvia
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • September 11, 2009
    • 07:23 PM
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  • Hmmmm same thing is happenning with my son who also just turned 7. He has a cough to go with it - a dry scratchy cough. He has had this for about 3 weeks, and the "breathing thing" which we call it for about 2 weeks. I took him to the doc - chest sounds clear - put him on ventalin for 2 days. If no improvement, then antibiotics. If no improvement, then I have to bring him back. So we have finished the 2 days of ventalin, but he is still sat here taking deep breaths every 15 secs or so!The cough is not as bad as it was 2 weeks ago - and he coughs independently of the "breathing thing". Did anyone have any resolution?
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 6, 2009
    • 05:11 AM
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