Amd im sorry for.the typos... Im on a phone.
Thank you mamas!
Sounds a bit like my little girl. I thought her lungs were just wet from the birth, but it turned out she had RSV.
Take off his shirt and look at his ribs. When he breathes in does the skin suck in between his ribs? Does his nose flare? Does he grunt? Is he breathing quickly? All of those are symptoms of respiratory distress. My daughter had the sucking-between-the-ribs, flaring nostrils, and at one point she had an apnea episode while napping.
We went to the ER where they gave her an Albuterol treatment before the doctor saw us. He tired to send us home! I made him sent us to the local children's hospital where they diagnosed her with RSV using a nasal swab. We spent the night at the hospital, quarantined.
Now she has Reactive Airway Disease because the RSV damaged her lungs. She wheezed and gasped her entire first year. Whenever she gets a cold (and she catches every single cold!!!) she'll cough weeks on end. This winter she developed bronchitis for 2.5 months because of a cold. She's now on a regime of Albuterol and corticosteroids to get the inflammation under control. The doctor is hoping we can prevent the development of asthma.
Anyways, I would not take a cold at this age lightly. I even had a midwife see my daughter and they told me it was just a cold. I would get the RSV swab done at the doctors tomorrow. It's a bit uncomfortable but it's so much better to know. Babies (mostly preemies) can die from RSV.
Thank you so much for your response! Im just now seeing it.
I posted another post about my lil guy because I didn't even realize that this one made it through...
Anyway, I ended up taking him to the er on Saturday because his breathing had not improved and I worried about his 02 levels.
Thankfully they were 99% and he had a chest xray which the doc said looked great and he told me that this ruled out rsv. Do I need the swab too to rule this out?
Hes been to three different doctors now and they've all watched him breathe. They don't seem to see much retracting, very mild if any. But, yes, he does flare his nostrils quite a bit. The ped we saw today thinks its more of a nasal passage issue and wants me to take him to an ent specialist.
your story has got me thinking about my nine year old step daughter though. She coughs and coughs all winter long. We always attributed it to allergies, but it sounds similar to what happens to your daughter. Interesting info.
Thank you for sharing!
My 2 month old had a similar issue. She would cough horribly, stuffed nose, with almost nothing coming out... I cut dairy - no difference.We were at the doctor a few times!
At 7 1/2 weeks it stopped on its own, over a period of 4 days. None of my other kids had it, and I guess she needed more time for her system to clear. It's a week with no coughing, and no clogged nose.
What a relief!
There are times, that it takes longer for the system to mature.
Hope it clears quicker by you.