Newborn Snorting Question :( Please help

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Risstopher's picture
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Newborn Snorting Question :( Please help

Hello all!

THANK YOU ALL for the congratulations!!!

I have no time to write right now, but I will definitely when I get a chance.

Right now I have a question about something baby girl is doing that has been bothering me that the hospital was very dismissive about and really no help...

baby Kyla does this thing where she snorts and sounds like she can't breathe every now and then, it's killing me as everyone is telling me not to worry, but I can't ignore it, and she looks like she's struggling - especially when she starts breathing, heavy, fast and snorts. I don't know, do i have her in too many clothes? is she strugglign to breathe??? i try to clear her nose out and it doesnt work, this has be so upset i can't concentrate on anything else - is this normal for newborns? does anyone else have this?

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Kostas did that when he was born and the nurses reassured me that it was totally normal. He sounded like he was kind of congested and the snorting went along with it. It didn't last very long though. Sorry the hospital is being so dismissive of you Sad

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Its un nerving, but very normak. It honestly sounds worse than it actually is. Think about how long they float in fluid. Inhaling, swallowing, and so on. What you are hearing isnt actually in her lungs, or keeping her from breathing... Its actually in the sinuses, and drains down the back of their throat. Like Shauna says it doesnt take that long to clear Smile

Take a deep breath momma. Your baby is just fine. If you are really worried keep her elevated in a bouncer when she sleeps till you are comfortable. Hang in there and relax, you got this Wink

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Cristiano still does this. I've been told several times babies don't know how to breathe thru their mouths yet so they take it all in by nose. C snorts when he gets all worked up ready to nurse! I hate it too but I keep in mind that this is what all my kids have done and so far so good!

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nak

Like everyone said, it's normal... but I definitely still hold my breath every time until he stops. It's SO unnerving. I'm sorry the staff at the hospital were so dismissive. Sad It's hard to be a new mom as it is, without all the experts out there making you feel foolish and insignificant.

Newborns make a lot of scary sounds when breathing. Most of them are normal, but sometimes the funny breathing noises are the first sign something is wrong, so definitely keep trusting your instincts. If you have time to read (haha, I know...), this article from WebMD talks about what is normal infant breathing and when to worry, and knowing ahead of time what is normal might save you a few grey hairs. Wink

(She's beautiful, btw! I love the pictures in the other thread.)

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"gabeminamom" wrote:

Cristiano still does this. I've been told several times babies don't know how to breathe thru their mouths yet so they take it all in by nose. C snorts when he gets all worked up ready to nurse! I hate it too but I keep in mind that this is what all my kids have done and so far so good!

Tiffany, I cant remember, has little C been having issues with acid reflux type stuff at all? Reflux can also cause nasal issues. Marrisa, at this point Kyla's tummy isnt making enough acid for that to be the cause of her snorting. They actually dont start till about 2 to 3 weeks. thats why you see an increase of spitting with babies around that time, and its usually when you start seeing acid reflux being diagnosed

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Babies are nose breathers, so they can sound funny. Their airways can be "floppy" so they can sound wheezy too, especially when they cry. They can also reflux a little (spitting up the swallowing it). I keep the suction bulb in the pocket of the bassinet, just in case. Loud breathers are nice at night, you can hear them breathing without having to poke them :). Congrats, mama, welcome to mama worry land! Smile

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What would I do without all of you???!!!!

THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

She did stop last night, and we had a night of clear breathing which was a relief Smile