Measure the breathing rate of the members of your family and some of your friends. Investigate:
(a) If the breathing rate of children is different from that of adults.
(b) If the breathing rate of males is different from that of females.
If there is a difference in any of these cases, try to find the reason.

(a) The normal breathing rate in children ranges from 30 to 60 breaths per minute, while the normal breathing rate in adults is measured at 12 to 20 breaths per minute. Thus, the breathing rate in children is higher than that in adults.

(b) Yes, the breathing rate of males varies from that of females. The breathing rate largely depends on the heart and lungs. Males possess higher lung and heart capacity than females, so males are able to achieve a higher rate than females.

[Extra information:

The number of breaths an individual takes per minute is known as their respiratory rate. From person to person, this can differ. A normal breathing rate, however, should be contained within a certain range.

Adults typically breathe between 12-20 times each minute. Depending on their age, children's natural breathing rates change.

A fluctuating respiratory rate could be an indication of a deeper problem.

Anxiety, fever, respiratory illnesses, heart conditions, and dehydration are among the most common causes of a fast respiratory rate. Overdoses of prescription medications, obstructive sleep apnea, and head injuries are common causes of decreased respiratory rates.

A person should see a doctor if their breathing pattern seems unusual. If a person has atypical breathing patterns, chest pain, bluish skin, gurgling sounds during breathing, or very few breaths per minute, they should seek emergency medical attention.]


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Updated on: 09-Jan-2023


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