3 Month Old Loses Her Breath When It's Windy Outside

Updated on June 17, 2008
K.S. asks from Bellmawr, NJ
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When my daugher turned 2 months old, I started taking her outside for walks. I started noticing that when it's windy out, she loses her breath. She's totally fine when indoors. Does anyone else have this same problem?

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Thank you everyone for your responses. I feel a lot better now!!

K.

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B.C.

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all you have to due is put a blanket over her head . No baby can breath when there is wind it takes there breath away i'm a grandmother of 12.

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F.H.

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I used to have a stroller where you could move the handle to the other side to chnge directons. That way I could push it and see the baby at the same time. It was also helpful if it was wndy becuase it would protect my son from the air better as he was facing the other way.

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J.F.

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I have a 7yr old and a 2 month old. I know this is normal but can't remember why it happens. I believe it has to do with their tiny respiratory system being weak compared to an adults. Ask your pediatrician if you are still concerned. When it's windy just drape a light receiving blanket over her until the wind calms or hang one from the stroller canopy it helps cut down on the wind.

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C.B.

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I think this is common for all little ones. My two were the same way. If yu are carrying her keep her turned towrd you to protect her face from the wind. If she is in a stroller facing the wind try draping a balnket down over the stroller.

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C.H.

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All my daughters did the same thing, it's a natural reaction.

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J.W.

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I never had the problem with our baby. However, my mother-in-law, who had 4 kids, told me that babies can't breathe when it is windy so not to take them out....I thought she was crazy and it was an old wives tale....I guess it must be true though. What do I know, I'm a first time mom..she had 4 kids and they all survived.
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N.I.

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Hi K.:
My daughter did the same thing at 3 months. I asked a nurse at the hospital class I was taking and she said it was normal. She told me my daughter just had to get used to breathing outside. My daughter is 1 now and is fine outside. Now, she actually loves it on windy days. I recommend asking your doctor anyway, but from the other posts and my experience it seems normal.

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J.C.

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Hi, K..
My daughter was the same way when she was an infant.
I was always so upset to see her that was esp. during the colder season. SO I know how you feel and why you are concerned, but she was not the only baby who reacted that way.

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B.C.

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all you have to due is put a blanket over her head . No baby can breath when there is wind it takes there breath away i'm a grandmother of 12.

B.K.

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Hi K.. After years and years of working in a resturaunt with a drive-thru suddenly I had the same problem; if a gust of wind (doesn't matter if its hot or cold) hits me just right in my face I can't breathe or I loose my breath for a second. It is the weirdest feeling...I don't know why it started or how to get rid of it. It started with no warning and for me, has gone on for years now even though my work has changed (I babysit at home now.). I haven't said anything to my Dr. about it cause I thought it was just me. I don't have any answers for you, but it is nice to know I'm not the only one and I'll be watching your answers! Thanks for the great question. Good luck & best wishes.

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F.H.

answers from Sharon on

I used to have a stroller where you could move the handle to the other side to chnge directons. That way I could push it and see the baby at the same time. It was also helpful if it was wndy becuase it would protect my son from the air better as he was facing the other way.

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B.F.

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No worries! My son did the same thing. I think most, if not all, babies do this when they get hit by the wind. I would probably just drape a light blanket over her stroller when you are out to keep the wind from hitting her face. Hope this helps! : )

B.

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D.Y.

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My son did that too when he was that age. He's 1 now and it doesn't happen anymore. I was just as concerned and his doc said it was normal.

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D.P.

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K.,
I think that's just normal with infants. Heck, I lose my breath when it's really windy outside! I would just avoid walks in very blustery weather! When taking her in & out of the car if it's really windy, throw a light blanket over her carrier--like a tent--you could probably do that for walks too!

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L.G.

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That is normal. It will go on until she is about a year old or so.

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A.T.

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My daughter did the same thing at the same age. It would happen even with a slight bit of wind. It scared me too, but apparently it's normal!

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A.S.

answers from Allentown on

It's a completely normal reflex. Try blowing in her face, the same thing will happen. I think it's that they are just surprised. It's the reason that you should never drive with the windows down in the car with a baby. I'm sure you could find more info on the internet or ask your doctor.

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L.C.

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Please take your daughter to a doctor as soon as possible. It is very likely that she may have asthma, a condition that causes difficulty in breathing to varying degrees under a wide variety of cirumstances. These symptoms in a 2 month old should not be ignored under any circumstance. If she DOES have asthma, it could become life-threatening unless treated immediately. The good news: it is controlable through preventative measures. My daughter had similar symptoms at a very early age, and at 9 yrs she has "outgrown" the need for regular breathing treatments, and only needs her preventative medications a few times a year. It is possible that I am off base in suggesting asthma, but I urge you to take her to a doctor to rule that out!! Good luck with your beautiful baby girl!

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M.S.

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our son did the same thing when he was that little (it probably stopped when he was a year or so old)... I think he actually liked it... I think it's normal though and not to worry.

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L.B.

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Hi K.,
My son was the same way and finally just grew out of it when he was about 11 months. Just hang a blanket over the stroller when its windy to cut the wind.

L.

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S.H.

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It's called the Moro reflex. It's normal in infants are that age. I'd ask your pediatrician at your next well check about it if you're still concerned.

F.B.

answers from Harrisburg on

Don't worry about it. It is common. Just turn her so that the wind isn't blowing right in her face. This will pass as she gets used to the wind.

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