Not sure if this is best posted here or in H&H, but I'll start here.
Ds was born 2 weeks ago. Perfect unmedicated vaginal delivery. Apgars were 9 and 9. He was diagnosed with IUGR at 35wks gestation, but weighed 6-15 at birth and MW said it was likely an error in ultrasound to begin with. No vax, but he was circumcized. He got down to 6-10, but regained his birthweight by 4 days old. He's BF.
About a week ago I noticed that he was breathing more rapidly than I remember dd. We counted about 80-85 breaths per minute and called the ped last Mon evening. They had us bring him in the next morning. While sleeping she got 56 bpm. We had a chest x-ray which was normal. She said to come back Friday and take him to the ER if he turns blue.
I got a second oppinion the next day from a family friend. That doc got 80 bpm, but his blood oxygen levels were great (96-99.9%), temp was normal rectally, heart rate normal, no murmers, and he was still gaining weight. He referred us to a ped cardiologist who did an EKG and echo which were both completely normal. Ds isn't retracting or flaring his nostrils. Both cardiologist and second oppinion dr think it's a varation of normal infant periodic breathing and just represents an immature respiratory system, and that he'll grow out of it. We felt better.
Yesterday back to the original ped. Now she gets 79bpm and is all worried, just when we're feeling better! She does all sorts of blood work and a blood culture. The bloodwork came back completely normal, blood culture will take longer but should be fine also.
Ped is now recommending we consult with a pediatric pulmonologist. Dh had worked at Columbia in NYC and we have some calls in to see someone there (the cardiologist we saw was affiliated there as well).
So, I am just wondering if anyone else has experienced this. Everything else is going perfectly well. No indications of anything wrong. He's nursing like a champ, tons of wet and dirty diapers, sleeping OK. His color is perfect and he does have times when his bpm are in the 40's and 50's, but still has times in the 80's.
Any info or suggestions are much appreciated!