Tachypnea: Abnormal Respiratory Frequency, Adults, Children and Newborns


It is defined as the respiratory rate above normal. Tachypnea is caused by many factors, damaging a person’s immune system.

Often, if tachypnea persists, it leads to oxygen not entering the bloodstream correctly, which causes cell death or irreparable damage.

What is the definition of tachypnea in adults?

The average respiratory rate in adults is 16 to 20 breaths per minute and is defined as any respiratory rate greater than 20, but this is not usually dangerous until the respiratory rate reaches 30 or more. Once this happens, an adult’s oxygen consumption is so low that it does not match the proper levels.

Tachypnea in children

The respiratory frequency of children varies between 12 and 35 breaths per minute. This rate varies depending on age; As the child becomes older, the respiratory rate will be lower. It is easy to determine if a child is experiencing tachypnea, which is especially dangerous since once your muscles are fatigued by heavy breathing, they tend to stop breathing suddenly.

In a baby or newborn

The respiratory rate of a baby is usually above 40 breaths per minute and can often rise to 60 in newborns. Tachypnea in a newborn is defined as any respiratory rate greater than 60 breaths per minute. In a child between 4 months and 11 months, tachypnea is defined as a rhythm more significant than 40.

Whenever someone is experiencing this condition, they are in danger.

No. When presenting tachypnea, in some groups, such as those who suffer from COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease), their respiratory rate may be expected.


This occurs because the body compensates for reducing lung capacity by increasing the respiratory rate, ensuring that oxygen entering the bloodstream is sufficient.

In addition, some people who have had their lungs affected due to cancer or some injury may also experience tachypnea at their average respiratory rate.

Tachypnea makes someone breathe so fast that their muscles get tired and stop breathing. The definition of tachypnea varies according to age because children live faster than adults. In addition, special considerations must be made for people suffering from diseases such as COPD.