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I have a healthy, healthy 10 wk old ds (in 90% for height and weight) who *probably* has laryngomalacia (floppy epiglottis), based on the stridorous sound he makes when nursing or upset, or sometimes just breathing. He's just a noisy breather. Ped is not concerned and doesn't even want to refer us to a specialist (and I agree, but that's why we don't know for sure if it is laryngomalacia) but he does have me freaked out about the cold and flu season AND vaccines. Anyone here who could talk with me more about this condition and how truly risky it is in an otherwise healthy child? (FYI: we typically do not vax, but are considering Hib and DTaP bc we worry about his ability to handle any further swelling in his airway. Croup would also be scary, but no vax for that one, obviously.)<br><br>
I know there's someone out there who knows all about this . . .
 

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i can't help, but am interested because my 9 mo old was just diagnosed with the same thing. he has had a wheeze for a while and they did a probe and saw the laryngo-thing. he has not been sick a lot or anything and has had no breathing problems. the dr didn't say anything about a treatment for it. i think he said most kids just outgrow it. ds also has a cleft lip and palate so this seems minor for us in term of his 'issues', but it did alarm me a bit. he also had an upper gi because apparently reflux can be tied in with it. he did turn out to have reflux to us which was a suprise because he has never had sypmtoms of it. anyways, i hope someone has some info.<br><br>
by the way, my other ds did have croup and the baby didn't get it. though that was when this wheeze started. i did not get either of them the flu shot.<br><br>
sometimes i think its better not to know so much <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> ignorance can be bliss!!
 

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Thank you, Leah. I can't tell you how comforting it is to hear that your ds is FINE and even that he's been exposed to croup and didn't get it. Phew! I agree with you about wishing I didn't know . . . we went in for his 1 mos well visit and I had NO concerns, but when the dr. heard his gasping sound while nursing, he freaked out. He later calmed down and clarified that this is "not normal but not dangerous," but since then, other peds in his practice got me all concerned about how a "benign cold could be quite dangerous" for this child. So of course he got sick right away, at only 5 weeks, but came thru fine with no problems whatsoever.<br><br>
Has your ds had the Hib and the DTaP? I've got to decide if we're going to do those for this little one.<br><br>
Oh, and regarding the reflux, my ds also has no signs of it at all (and apparently 80% of babes with this condition have it) EXCEPT for the two weeks around T'giving when I was bad and let myself eat dairy. Usually I eat none bc my older child had terrible gas and colic symptoms from it, but this baby had been so easy I thought I'd try it. Sure enough, for those two weeks he cried inconsolably, could not be held by dh for 30 seconds, and really screamed unless he was upright. So I'm thinking he DID have reflux during that time. So I'm back off of dairy -- don't know if that's something that might help you guys.<br><br>
Thanks again for chiming in. It really is so reassuring to hear of your child's healthy development! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 
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