I am well educated on RSV, after all 2 of my babies have had it before.
I have shared my story about early detection and even blogged about it the past two years to educate other moms.
I have been vigilant and watched for the signs of RSV…. yet my baby still ended up in the hospital!
My older 4 girls have had the never ending cold this Christmas break, no fevers just lots of congestion and coughing. I have been vigilant about not letting them touch the baby, ect. Then on Thursday in the middle of the night my 6 week old started making weird coughing noises, almost a cough and sneeze mixed together. On Friday she seemed a bit congested but was not eating any less and no fever. Saturday morning I took her to the doctor as a precaution, we were going into the weekend and I wanted reassurance.
The doctor was concerned at her age with a cold but her breathing was unrestricted and she was still eating well. I left being told to watch her like a hawk. I went about my day feeling relived, then I realized I was in pain due to her not eating enough each time she nursed, that never happens. So I woke her to make her eat and that was when it all went south. I noticed as I changed her diaper she felt a bit warm. I stripped her down and she cooled so I though she was just over dressed. Then when changing her diaper the red flag went up, her skin was pulling in under the ribs as she took each breath, that means she is using extra muscles to breath she shouldn’t.
From there it was a whirlwind of a panicked phone call to my mom to come watch the girls so I could go to the hospital. Then another call to my dad and brother (a paramedic and fireman). By the time they arrived my brother said to call 911 her breathing was too labored. During all this my husband was on a stage playing music so I could not reach him.
I want to STRESS if your baby or child is labored in breathing call 911, it never occurred to me. My brother told me they have the breathing treatment equipment on the ambulance so she would get help quicker. I am so grateful for this insight! We rode in the ambulance to Children’s Hospital and she was improving as we rode with the oxygen they had and we bypassed a waiting room full of sick kids, I am so grateful for this!
My baby girl was admitted Saturday night and finally released Monday afternoon. Time stops when you are sleeping on a couch in a hospital room worrying about your baby. Thankfully her oxygen saturation never dropped due to our early intervention so even though she ended up in the hospital my vigilance was crucial.
So what did I learn?
- RSV looks different in different kids depending on the age.
- Any baby under 6 months you need to be concerned about all colds and under 4 months go straight to the doctor!
- Almost every cold has RSV in it, adults are just not affected like babies!
- Trust your instinct!
My baby is home and healthy but she is still coughing and on breathing treatments. Hug your little ones and keep them close as RSV is really bad this year!
And now I am wearing my baby no-stop as I NEED to feel her breath, thank goodness for babywearing.