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My newborn

My six week newborn has been struggling over the past 3 to 4 weeks with his breathing.  There is no pattern to his struggles.  Most days are better than others.  I do notice that there seem to be more of a problem around his feedings.  Another thing that I have noticed (as well as many family members and friends) is that our new little one is very noisy.  At times he sounds just like a goose.  We are scheduled to see a Specialist in Pulmonary next week.  But I am honestly concern about my little guy.  He also looks like he could be struggling with reflux.  

What do you feel that we are dealing with?
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The worsening with feeding suggests that you might be dealing with some type of obstructing congenital abnormality of your son's esophagus, such as an esophageal duplication cyst or web or another type of abnormal structure, capable of compressing his esophagus and/or his airways.

The overwhelming majority of such conditions are treatable, with no residual effects.  It will be important for the specialist to determine where the problem resides, in the respiratory tract or the gastrointestinal (GI) tract.  Either way, your son should do well.
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