My 3-month-old baby just started making squeaky noises and almost a gasping sound during and after pooping.
He gets red and grunts while pooping then he makes this weird noise even while changing his diaper…
This is the only time he makes this noise, but the noise has me a little worried it just seems likes he isn’t getting enough air, although he isn’t struggling or crying…
Does anyone know what this is?
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Baby Gasping For Air When Pooping
I truly understand your concern. Even if your boy doesn’t have trouble breathing, I too believe that it can be wise to try and find the reason for his sounds.
One possible reason that comes to my mind is acid reflux. Some babies gasp or even throw up when pooping due to the stomach fluid being push up through their throat when pushing to poop. You can read about a baby that throws up when pooping here.
You also mention that he makes the sound when changing diapers. Again, this could also be due to reflux, since the stomach fluids may enter the throat when laid down and particularly when his legs are held up to change diapers.
There is actually a condition called laryngopharyngeal reflux, which is when the stomach acid travels all the way up to the throat. This can lead to spasms, so-called laryngospasms, where there is a muscle spasm of the vocal cords. In children, noisy breathing is one of the symptoms of this. Most children grow out of their reflux, but treatment can be needed, so consider bringing this up with your baby’s doctor.
Another medical possibility is a condition called tracheomalacia. It is rare and most likely what your baby has, but since one of the symptoms is noisy breathing (stridor), I wanted to mention it. Tracheomalacia is a condition that involves a collapse of the airway when breathing. This means that when your child exhales, the trachea narrows or collapses so much that it may feel hard to breathe. Breathing usually comes out noisy.
However, since your baby only makes the gasping sound when pooping, tracheomalacia is not a likely reason.
You can read more about tracheomalacia here. (Opens in new window)
Babies with similar issues
Here is another discussion going on between several parents with a similar situation and you can start by reading about what they have done, and what the doctors have found in their cases: Read about other babies making gasping sounds when laid down here.
Finally a tip; catch the gasping on film and show it your baby’s pediatrician. That way it will be a lot easier for you to explain why you do not think the sounds and behavior are normal. Logging the incidences can also help the discussion (when does it happen, how often, for how long, and so on.
Wish you good luck!
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