My six-year-old is waking in the middle of the night and can't swallow/breathe!

Lisa René - posted on 11/20/2013 ( no moms have responded yet )




A few weeks ago, my daughter started waking up at night saying she couldn't breathe. Thought we figured it out, so I blogged about it Then it came back a few days later only this time she was sitting up in her bed trying to swallow. It only lasted for a few seconds, but it was terrifying. After that happened, I did more research online and found a similar experience people were having called Silent Acid Reflux. I called her pediatrician and told her about it and we agreed that she would write a prescription for Zantac to see if that would help. It didn't and it was ridiculously expensive. Now what?

So I did some more research and found that tonsils develop between the ages of 3-6, but sometimes the air canal isn't developing fast enough to allow for a clear airway. Hmmm... Makes sense, right? We figured we'd just monitor her for a while before doing anything too evasive. It's been over a week now and it's still going on. Three times last night. But she never remembers a thing the next day and it always seems like she's waking up coughing (sometimes talking in her sleep). She's usually awake, but not really... Her eyes are open, sometimes she'll respond to my questions and sometimes not. Very bizarre.

I've got another call in to her doctor to see if they have any non-evasive testing they could do to check her airways, but I just wondered if this has happened to anyone else and what you did to stop it. I would think that if you woke up unable to breathe, you'd remember it... But maybe not if it's a deep enough sleep. Very frustrating - any advice would be more than helpful!

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