Very worried...trouble breathing Plz help!!

Tasha - posted on 03/23/2010 ( 10 moms have responded )

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My son was born 2 months early .. and didnt really have a lot of problems we got lucky... but even when he was in the hospital he had nose conjestion.. and all the nurses said that it was normal...and yet he is 5 months old and he STILL has a stuffy nose.. and now its getting so bad to the point where he looks like he has a hard time breathing.. his dr said that his lungs are clear and that to just keep his head elavated when he sleeps and suction out his nose... but i do that like 3 times a day and it doesnt help.. he has made it luckly threw RSV season w/ out getting sick and now all this.. and just here the past couple days its like he is gasping for air and breathing really hard ... and just looks like he is having problems breathing... What to do.. Every one i talk to says he is fine its nothing to worry about.. and my mom is a nurse and she tells me that I am crazy there is nothing wrong with him but I know my son and i know what is normal and what isnt ... its starting to worry me.. his dr doesnt even seem to conserned about it they just said if he stops breathing take him to the ER...? Well really no i would have never thought that.... lol but i need some suggestions ... to help put my mind at ease!

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Krystle - posted on 05/08/2010

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oh yeah, I forgot to tell you, if he's really having a horrible time trying to breathe, you should take him to the ER. I would.

Krystle - posted on 05/08/2010

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My best friend's son had the same exact problem, she had to MAKE the doctors check his addnoids...MAKE them check them b/c they are lymph nodes (have no idea how to spell that) that are behind your eyes and nose and if they get enlarged they will make your nose constantly runny and stuffy and make it hard to breathe. MAKE them check that, if that's the problem he'll most likely have to have them removed, but if he does you'll notice that he'll be like a whole new baby...much happier and breathing easier.

Tasha - posted on 05/02/2010

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Really I am just making him an appointment with a developmental specialist since he was a preemie i want to make sure everything is doing what it is supposte to be doing .. and he snores at 6 months old and I had problems with that when i was little and had adenoid problems dont know if that means anything w/ him or not lol ... but thanks for brining that to my attention... :-)

Lisa - posted on 04/12/2010

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Go see an ENT specialist. (ear, nose, throat) I was in your same exact shoes and was always told he was fine. The ENT found an adenoid issue that we've got to deal with so that he can breathe properly again. He also believes that my son is developing an allergy to our dog, so we're going to have to find her a new home.

Vicki - posted on 04/11/2010

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My son has the same problems. The vaporizer does work, i still use it. Also another thing that really helps if he gets real bad is run the hot water only in your bathtub. Let the steam build up a bit then take your child in the bathroom for a couple of minutes. That helps a lot with losening up the flem. It makes it easier to clear there noses, and it helps with coughing to. Hope it helps

Kaylee - posted on 03/28/2010

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Most doctors now will say that the vaporizor is one of the worst things you can do. I don't know how right that is, but since I have heard it so much I decided not to waste my money if it is going to be more damaging than good. Not only that, since the shower steam works so well, why spend extra money unnecessarily... Just some thoughts :) I truly hope your little guy feels better soon.

Tasha - posted on 03/25/2010

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That is what I thought it might be too .. we have one running out in the living room... all we do is just add water to it... maybe we should put it in our bedroom lol.. we were also thinking about getting the vics vaporiser and see if that helps... I never thought about the shower... I heard about it just never tried it i just might try that as well... Thank ya!

Kaylee - posted on 03/25/2010

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I live in a dry climate, and don't know what the climate is where you are. So I don't know if this will help or not... I use a cool-mist humidifier while the kids are sleeping (not the vaporizor, or anything that you add more than water to), and when I am in the shower I have someone hold the baby in the bathroom because there is something about the hot steam that acts as a natural decongetant. If you feel that the doctor is not listening to you, either stand up to them or consider switching doctors. I took my oldest to a pediatrician that didn't listen and had misdiagnosed my son therefore was over-medicating him and he could have died because of it. I am very careful with my choices in doctors now, especially for my children. Good luck!

Tasha - posted on 03/24/2010

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Yeah that does apply to me .. I am always keeping and eye on him I check on him when he is sleeping to make sure he is still breathing .. always have since the day he came hom.. Yeah he was born at 31 weeks... Thats what i figured that it was just allergies because my husband has them I dont though ... He seems to be doing a little better the more i have him up right when he sleeps or during the day just propped up almost sitting straight up ... He goes to the Dr. monday so i will let her know whats going on and see what she says hopefully she will check him out ... caue like you said ... im the mom and i know when something is wrong or not "normal" with him ya know

Jessica - posted on 03/24/2010

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One of my guys is 5 months old and is constantly snotty and rattly, his chest is clear though and he is generally happy and growing really well. The docs have checked him over and have said the same thing to me, that he is just fine and that some kids are just snotty. One of the explanations I was given was that it could be a mild allergy to something, to explore that. But I was told that even if it was an allergy, again they were not too concerned given how healthy he is otherwise, and that may just outgrow it.



This may or may not be relevant to you, but my first son was a preemie, born at 30 weeks, and I watched him like a hawk. He is 12 and I still keep an "extra" eye on him. It is hard to let go when you have seen them so small and so weak. For me, with my preemie, the normal rules of "trust your instincts" didn't apply in the same way they have with my term babies. I was so scared of everything little thing that wasn't quite right with him, no matter what the doctor's said I would worry. Today he is a strapping 12 yr old. That being said, you are the momma and your little's guy advocate, if you genuinely feel something isn't right, than maybe you have to push a little bit.

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