Babies normally breathe at a faster rate than adults and older children. It is normal for a newborn baby to take slight pauses in their breathing for a few seconds, or to breathe rapidly for a short period. By 6 weeks of age they should have a more regular breathing pattern. Sometimes a baby’s breathing rate may increase for a longer period of time if they are unwell and you may also notice they are working harder to breathe – it is important not to ignore these symptoms.
This Parent Tip provides information on Wheeze and Breathing Difficulties, with signposting to further advice for parents to help ensure children get the right care at the right time and right place.