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Breathing rate of new born is 68. Adviced to keep in NICU. Normal? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 28-May-2013
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User:Hi Doctor, XXXXXXX here.
User:My sister delivered a baby about 12 hours agao
User:the breathing rate in the new born was around 68, so was adviced to keep in the NICU
User:is this something to worry about?? is this normal
User:Why does this happen
Doctor:Good morning
User:Good morning doctor
Doctor:The normal breathing rate of a newborn is around 60
Doctor:per minute
Doctor:The baby is having 68
Doctor:There may be some other factors too for advising to keep the baby in NICU
Doctor:Is there any other cause apart from High breathing rate?
User:oh ok, but the reason given was the breathing rate
User:no doctor
Doctor:Is the baby fine otherwise?
Doctor:Is it in the ward now?
Doctor:Is it feeding on the mother's milk well?
User:the baby is responding well, the APGAR score was 9, seemed quite active
User:no the baby is still in the NICU
Doctor:That is good to hear
Doctor:Was it born at term?
Doctor:Did it complete 9 months?
User:yes, it was normal delivery.
User:thru episiotomy...
Doctor: XXXXXXX there is a reason to keep the baby in NICU
Doctor:Let it be in the NICU for a day or two
Doctor:It is good for the baby
Doctor:It is not alarming though
Doctor:Once the breathing rate is normal, the baby will be shifted to ward
Doctor:The doctors are being extra cautious here which is good for the baby
User:as we speak, i hear it is now around 63...
Doctor:It is fine, it will also come down further. Do not worry
User:ok, Thank you doctor for the reassurance. Thanks a lot.
Doctor:Thank you for consulting me
Doctor:Bye for now
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