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My infant's breathing seems fast. Is this normal?

My son is now seven months old. I have noticed when my son is sleeping, his breathing rate seems fast, compared to other people in our family.

I have counted it at about 25 breaths per minute. Is this normal? Should I be concerned?

Stephanie Neuhaus | Pediatrician

Stephanie Neuhaus

Yes, that is a normal respiratory rate for a 7 month old child. Infants breathe more quickly than an adult - or even an older child.

An infant from 6 months to 12 months has an average respiratory rate of 24 to 30 breaths per minute. This gradually changes with age. A newborn's breathing will be even faster than 30 breaths per minute, while an adult - or older child takes between 12 and 20 breaths per minute.

Illness, anxiety or asthma may increase the rate of breathing.

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