Is your baby gasping during sleep? This can mean many different things, from a normal state to a possible sleep disorder. This article will provide you with some possible reasons for this mystery!
The first time I came across this, my initial reaction was, of course, panic! I was a new mother, and I saw something strange that worried me.
After consulting with my daughter’s pediatrician and a baby-discussion forum, I quickly realized that I was not alone! Turns out this is a normal thing.
Here are a few reasons why your little one can grasp while sleeping. I will provide you with possible reasons, as well as what you can do to prevent it from happening.
What is laryngomalacia?
laryngomalacia literally means “soft throat.” It is caused by the softness of the throat tissue above the vocal cords. With inspiration breathing, tissues over the vocal cords fall into the airways and cause partial obstruction.
This produces stridor (noisy breathing being blocked due to the level of the soundbox). Usually, tissue folds (aryepiglottic folds) between the front and back of the soundbox are shortened. This causes encephalitis to roll inward (becomes “omega form”) and leads to tissue in the cartilage. The back of the voice box (arytenoids) inhales the airways.
Laryngomalacia is the most common cause of noisy breathing in infants. More than half of babies have noisy breathing in the first week of birth, and for most babies, this occurs at 2-4 weeks after birth. Very rarely, laryngomalacia occurs in older children or adults, especially in those with other medical problems.
Signs and Symptoms
• Noisy breathing (stridor): a wheezing hearing when your baby is inhaling (breathing). It is often worse when the baby is excited, hungry, crying, or asleep on their back.
• High-tone tuning effects
• Feeding difficulties
• Poor weight gain
• Choking during feeding
• Each breath pulls the neck and chest
• Cyanosis (turns blue)
• Gastroesophageal reflux (spitting, vomiting and reflux)
• Inhalation (inhalation of food in the lungs)
This cycle occurs when the return of food from the baby’s tummy (return flow) causes the baby to spit. Sometimes called gastroesophageal reflux (Gerd), this condition is rarely severe and becomes less common with the age of the baby. It is unusual for a baby to continue regurgitation after 18 months of age.
A healthy baby reflows several times a day. As long as your baby is healthy, satisfied and grows well, reflux is no cause for concern.
Rarely, childhood reflux can be a sign of medical problems, such as allergies, a clogged digestive system, or gastroesophageal reflux (Gerd).
Reflux in infants is usually not a cause for concern, because the stomach’s contents contain enough acids to irritate the throat or esophagus and cause signs and symptoms, which are very rare.
• Frequent reflux or vomiting, especially after meals
• Choking or wheezing (if the contents of the return flow end up in the trachea and lungs)
• Wet hiccups
• Continued spitting after the child’s first birthday (when most babies stop)
• Irritable or annoying crying after a meal
• Refuse food or eating only small amounts
• Lack of weight gain
Tonsils and adenoids can grow relative to the size of the child’s airways (through the nose and mouth to the passage of the trachea and lungs). Inflamed and infected glands can grow more than normal, resulting in feeling lumpier for a while. Tonsils and adenoids are made of lymphatic tissue, located on the back and sides of the throat.
At the location of the blockade, the child may seem as if trying to breathe (the chest is moving up and down), but the air inside the lungs is not exchanged new air. Usually, these episodes end around the time of awakening and compensate for shortness of breath. Nighttime issues, which lead to poor sleep quality, interrupt restful sleep.
Sometimes the inability to circulate air and oxygen inside and outside the lungs leads to a decrease in oxygen levels in the blood. If this pattern continues, the lungs and heart can suffer permanent damage.
Obstructive sleep apnea is more common in children aged 3 to 6 years. Children with Down syndrome and other congenital diseases that affect the upper respiratory tract (for example, diseases that lead to a large tongue or a small jaw) are more common.
What causes obstructive sleep apnea?
Breathing relies on the muscles at the back of the throat, which help keep the airways open. During obstructive sleep apnea, these muscles can relax too much and collapse the airways, making breathing difficult.
This is especially true if someone amplified the tonsils or adenoids (antibacterial tissue behind the nasal cavity), which can clog the airways during sleep.
Other things that might make the child have it include:
• A family history of OSA
• Being overweight
• Medical conditions such as Down syndrome or cerebral palsy
• Narrow airway due to problems with mouth, chin, or throat
• A large tongue, which can fall during sleep and block the airways
What am I supposed to do?
Here’s what you can do when your baby gasps for air:
Observation of respiratory patterns
If the situation worsens, you need to know and observe whether your baby has a long pause for breathing. You should also calculate the duration of wheezing and wheezing, as well as other things that you can observe. Then cradle them for a while).
Due to the dawn of technology, recording a video with a phone is very simple and can be considered a huge amount of evidence. If you can show them video tests of your baby’s breathing (or lack thereof) during sleep, your doctor will be able to diagnose your baby’s condition more accurately.
In addition to photographing the baby’s condition, you should also record when they occur and how often they occur, so that the diagnosis of the baby by the doctor is more accurate. For example, calculate how many shallow breaths occur in a week, how many times a day, and the like. You will do well with getting accurate results if you have prepared for your presentation to your doctor.
While hearing a child gasping for air can be a pretty shocking experience, all you need to remember is not to panic. Use these tips as guidelines for how you will handle this situation, so your doctor can make a better diagnosis for your baby. We hope these tips will help you solve the problems your baby may have while sleeping.