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What Happens With Periodic Breathing

PERIODIC BREATHING: This is very common in babies and a source of questions for many parents. A baby’s breathing pattern is not a regular and rhythmic as that of an adult.

Babies will have periods of short, rapid breathing followed by some slower and deeper breaths. They can even seem to pause or stop breathing for 5-10 seconds. Then the cycle starts all over again. This is called periodic breathing. 

However, if your baby stops breathing for 20 seconds or longer that is not normal. If your baby does this or has any bluish color of the lips, you need to call us or emergency services immediately.

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