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Old 02-13-2009, 06:05 AM   #1
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Question What could have caused my 1yr old to stop breathing???

Hi, I live in Centurion, South-Africa.

My 1yr 4 month old daughter yesterday stopped breathing.
She is in pre-school, and after they laid her down to sleep (after lunch), they noticed a few minutes later that she was not breathing, and blue in the face.
Thinking that food is probably stuck in her throat, they patted her back, and struggled for a while to get her breathing again, until finally she vomitted, and then started crying. We took her to hospital, and she was sent home today with a "clean" bill of health.

No one really knows what the cause was.
Here are some facts I dug up:

-she is busy getting molars (teeth)
-a few hours before she was laid down to sleep, they claim she had wheezy breath, and slight fever (37-38)
-they gave her a pain/fever medication with paracetamol whilst laying down
-she was X-rayed at hospital, and they claimed she had slight pneumonia
-she had sudden fevers at hospital every 3 hours (39 degrees) last night, but since then no fever anymore (since about last night 00h00)
-she has not got a runny nose
-she has no coughing
-she has no fever anymore
-she has had reflux as a baby, and was given Zantac syryp at the time
-she refluxed again today, and every now and then does reflux, though not everytime she eats
-she has never had problems with aspiration that we know of, nor has she ever choked in her sleep, or after eating
We're not sure she had anything in her mouth at the time, but it might probably have been reflux material which caused her to choke? or she might not even have choked at all?
COULD this be GER ? or is she too old for it?
or could she have a lung virus which caused this, and is suddenly gone after 8-12 hours?

What could be wrong, and how can we set about to test for it, as the Pediatrician is not very friendly, and hardly wants to speak to me.

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Old 02-13-2009, 08:03 AM   #2
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Re: What could have caused my 1yr old to stop breathing???

It does sound as if she aspirated some reflux or food particle. There would be on evidence of it as she vomited. That would explain the wheezing beforehand. It may have gone down the wrong way, and when she slept, the particle clogged up the airway. Very scary. It would also explain the slight pneumonia, as the experience would have inflamed the lung passages. This is just what would happen if it was the case, but of course, it may be something else altogether. I hope all goes well, Sera.

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