By the frequency of breathing is meant the number of breaths that a person does at rest in one minute. This factor plays a big role in the diagnosis.
However, when we feel bad, we pay more attention to other symptoms of the disease, neglecting this important information, often simply not knowing what frequency of breathing is the norm.
Measurement of respiratory rate
The frequency of breathing is measured by the number of breaths,Which a person commits within one minute. Since many factors can affect the result, it is important to carry out the measurement according to all the rules. A person should be at least 10 minutes at rest. It is desirable that the patient does not know that someone considers the number of breaths, because the psychology of a person is such that he breathes unnaturally if he knows that he is being watched. Because of this, the measurement results may be inaccurate. In hospitals, nurses often count the number of breaths in the form of a pulse measurement, observing how the chest rises and falls.
Increased respiratory rate is a symptomThe following conditions: fever, dehydration, acidosis, lung disease, asthma, pre-infarction, drug overdose (eg, aspirin or amphetamine), panic attack
Rates of respiratory rate
Children make more breaths thanAdults, as well as women breathe faster than men. Nevertheless, there are average rates of respiratory rate, characteristic for different age groups. Newborns aged 1 to 12 months make 30-60 breaths per minute, children 1-2 years - 24-40 breaths, children of preschool age (3-5 years) - 22-34 breaths, schoolchildren (6-12 years) - 18-30 breaths. For adolescents from 13 to 17 years, the norm of breathing frequency is 12-16 breaths per minute, and for adults - 12-18 breaths.
What does the frequency of breathing show?
The number of breaths over a period of time equal toOne minute, shows how often the brain sends signals to the lungs about the need to inhale. If the level of oxygen in the blood drops or the level of carbon dioxide rises, then the brain reacts to this. For example, with a strong infection, the amount of carbon dioxide in the blood increases, while oxygen remains at a normal level. The brain responds to the situation and sends a signal lightly. That's why seriously ill people often breathe.
Slowed breathing is a symptom of the following conditions: narcotic or alcoholic intoxication, metabolic disorders, apnea, stroke or brain trauma
There are situations when the systemCommunication works poorly. For example, when a person is in drug or alcoholic intoxication, or if the brain department responsible for respiratory function is damaged during a head injury. Both the increased and slowed rhythm of breathing indicate that there is something wrong with health. If it is not a violation of breathing due to physical activity (tilt, rapid step, lifting weights), then these symptoms must be reported to the doctor.