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PeppermintPatty's picture
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random gagging

Daniel does this thing where he randomly gags/chokes like he is going to throw up but doesn't. It scares the crap out of me because after he chokes/gags he takes a deep breath.:confused: Sometimes he has some regurgitated milk (crumbs?) in his mouth that I am wondering if he is gagging on. It has happened twice today already. Weird.

zoe08's picture
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Shaylynn does this occasionally too. I even made my DH pull over one day because she did it while in the car seat on the way to the dr. office. So I asked about it. They said that there is a possibility it could be reflux, but she doesn't seem to have any discomfort, rarely spits up, so I'm not sure about that.

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It's reflux. It's like spit up that just doesnt come all the way out.

As long as he doesnt turn funny colors like blue, it's fine. You actually WANT coughing/gagging because that means that he's handling it appropriately. the ones that scare me are the ones that have "silent" reflux where milk can go down into their lungs and you never know it until they have a horrible pneumonia.

Try keeping him upright for 30 minutes after feeding, and see if he can sleep on an incline (bouncy chair, swing, or you can get a "wedge" for a crib to elevate one side of the mattress. Also, burp frequently during feeding. All those things help. ALL babies this age have reflux. It's just part of being a newborn. It goes away over the next year as their muscles in their GI tract get stronger.

Star

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Yep, both the girls do this as well.

Cherrykitten's picture
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Reagan does it too and so did wyatt when he was little as well. normally it's after a feed or if she is in a weird position.

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Ronan's done it a few times as well. The first time it happened we were still in the hospital and the nurse happened to be in the room. She said it was no big deal, but it always freaks me out!

PeppermintPatty's picture
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Thanks for the info, ladies. That makes me feel a little better that is seems common in newborns.

Star, are you a pediatrician? You are always full of great information!!!!:)

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Isaiah does it too, it really freaks dh out but I remember my other kids doing it too. I'll usually sit them upright and rub there back...sometimes I blow in their face and it seems to help get them breathing correctly again...I know, mean mommy

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With us it's not so much choking.. as it's gasping. She gasps randomly when she sleeps and it scares the heck out of me! I wonder sometimes if she has apnea. When I'm holding her and she's asleep she breathes so lightly that I wonder if she's even breathing at all. I swear she stops for a few seconds. She doesn't gasp at those times, though. :confused:

Starflyr's picture
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"PeppermintPatty" wrote:

Star, are you a pediatrician? You are always full of great information!!!!:)

yes, I am. LOL!

sometimes it helps, sometimes it just makes you paranoid.

Star