Posts Tagged ‘Babies and Breathing’

FAQs – My Baby is Sick and Can’t Breathe!

December 19, 2012 Leave a comment

my baby is sick and can't breathe

Top 5 frequently asked questions in Happy Baby USA.

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Babies and Infection – My Baby has a Cold and can’t Breathe!

September 1, 2011 4 comments

My baby has a cold and can’t breathe!  All parents have dealt with colds that seem to all of a sudden start to crop up after 4~6 months of age.  Unfortunately most parents have also experienced helplessness when they see their child struggling to breathe.  It is especially distressing during this period because your newborn does not quite have the capacity to breathe comfortably through his/her mouth – thus the term obligate nose breathers.

At the time of birth, your baby is blessed with immune help from the mother – antibodies, in the form of IgG is transferred directly from the mother to the baby during the time in the womb.  Babies can also receive additional immune help from the immunoglobulin IgA which is only present in the mother’s breast milk and not formula milk.  (Although IgG is a wonderful protectant to the baby, IgG is less effective in fighting some bacteria namely Gram-negative bacteria.)

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The Best Nasal Aspirator for your Baby

June 24, 2011 12 comments

This article will discuss the pros and cons of various types of nasal aspirators and ultimately lead you to choose the best nasal aspirator for your baby.

Parents are in distress when they see their child struggling to breathe especially when they are congested because of a cold or infection. In average, babies less than 2 years old do not know how to blow their noses. It is a learned behavior and there is a wide degree in ages to when babies can perform this action. In the meantime there are quite a few nasal aspirators in the market. Aspirators basically can be grouped into three categories.

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Babies and Breathing – Cry It Out Method and Waterboarding (Part 2)

June 22, 2011 4 comments

Part one of the series talked about four important changes that happens in respiration.  Part two will continue to scientifically build upon the consequences for using the “cry-it-out” method.

An important concept to once again remember is that anatomical development precedes  functional development.  Babies are not fully functional at birth.  They all have their eyes, ears, hands and feet, heart thumping, etc.  however they are still growing – not in the mother’s womb but out in the real world as “immature” human beings.  People tend to associate the word “immature” with psychological aspects but in this case this applies to anatomic, physical immaturity.  Not being mature is not good or bad but frankly this just tells us that the child is not ready for certain tasks.  For example, a baby sits before he/she can crawl.  This is due to continued  development of bodily coordination which matures throughout life. Read more…

Babies and Breathing – Cry It Out Method and Waterboarding (Part 1)

June 13, 2011 Leave a comment

Cry-it-out method and waterboarding.

Many parents have read about the controversy on the Ferber method, more famously known as the  “cry-it-out” method.  The goal of this method essentially claims to help the baby soothe him/herself to sleep.  This article will not try to attempt to explain the pros and cons for using this method for sleep training.  Rather it will scientifically focus on the implications of using such a method.  This article is a two-part series which will first focus on the anatomic and physiological changes in respiration.   Part two will focus on the importance of maintaining an unrestricted airway and why prolonged crying is not recommended especially during the first six months after birth. Read more…