Newborn babies can make funny little breathing noises that are not always even and smooth. Sometimes their breathing can seem very shallow and barely noticeable, while at other time it can be quite deep and rapid. When your baby falls asleep, she can breathe deeply and and quickly for a few seconds, before her breathing slows right down.
Babies are surprisingly noisy breathers at times. Snoring, snuffling, snorting and grunting are all perfectly normal to hear from a healthy baby. The noises can be disturbing for new parents however. Here’s what you need to know about the different breathing noises babies can make and the reasons behind them.
It is normal for your newborn babies to sneeze frequently. It is her way of clearing airborne fluff, dust and mucous from her nose as well as milk, which can go up into her nose when she vomits. It is very common and nothing to worry about. If you notice other symptoms such as a fever or cough you may need to have your baby checked by your doctor.
Babies hiccup quite frequently in utero, and they usually continue to hiccup once they are born. This is very normal, and is generally caused by the sudden, irregular contractions of their immature diaphragm, the muscle that supports their lungs. As your baby grows older, her hiccups will lessen as her diaphragm and the muscles between her ribs and in her abdomen, become stronger and more synchronised.
Most babies are ‘happy hiccupers’ and will be untroubled by them. Hiccupss are not caused by how you are feeding or burping your baby – or not burping them, as the case may be!. However, you may find that your baby get the hiccups more often when she is feeding. You don’t need to do anything special when your baby has the hiccups, as they will usually stop on their own. However, if you want to try and stop them, there are a few things that might help: