What Is the Average Newborn Respiratory Rate?


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According to WebMD, the average respiratory rate for ages newborn to 6 months ranges from 30 to 60 breaths per minute. This is the normal rate under non-stressful conditions.

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As WebMD explains, newborns have a quicker breathing rate than both older children and adults. Infants with a fever or anxiety have an even faster breathing rate. BabyCenter mentions that ages newborn to 6 months may exhibit "periodic breathing," during which they breathe more rapidly for a short period, then more slowly, then pause breathing altogether before resuming a normal breathing rate. Newborns who regularly exhibit a breathing rate faster than 30 to 60 breaths per minute under normal conditions should be taken to a doctor for evaluation.

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