Leah - posted on 04/09/2010 ( 20 moms have responded )
I had my little man on 12th March via c-section and afterwards, as was to be expected he was coughing up wuite alot of mucus and was wheezing a little. The midwives told me this was completly normal and will go away after a week or so. After 3-4 days he had pretty much stopped with the mucus...
We went home after 5 days and within a day of being home the wheezing got louder and louder and was when he breathed in and out. A day or so after that we noticed he was gasping occasionally and coughing every now and then. We have a friend who is a paediatrician and we called her and told her what was happening over the phone. He didnt do it all the time, just occasionally, so of course when we went to see her for an opinion, he didnt do it. She asked us to get it on video if we can.
2 days later, we had managed to get the gasping & wheezing on video and were planning to go to see her the next day, That night his gasping got so bad and was happening almost every breath, then we noticed him holding his breath for a few seconds at a time. It was SO SCARY!!!! We rushed him to the emergency department where we spent the night and had a specialist review him the next morning. They diagnosed Laryngomalacia, floppy larynx. Apparantly its really common and the doctors say its often more of a problem for the parents than the child as the parents become paranoid listening to their childs breathing and dont sleep well... which is the problem for us. I find myself waking up constantly through the night listening to him breath.
My question is has anyone else had a child with this and when, if ever, did it get better. Apparantly its something that they grow out of and is just the cartledge being too soft and contracting in and out when they breath...
I look forward to hearing from anyone who has dealth with this!