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Old 01-23-2007, 09:25 AM   #1
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Question Breathing problems

I'm a first time mom and my baby (5wks) has these breathing episodes at first just while eating it's like she would get choked or something and stop breathing but I could bring her out of it. Her Dr. has ordered a Barium Swallow test to see if maybe her esophagus is collapsing while she eats. My concern is having these breathing episodes when she is not eating also it just comes out of nowhere. This is very scary and I wondered if anyone else has had these issues and if so do you have any advice or any info that might help?

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Old 01-25-2007, 07:43 PM   #2
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Re: Breathing problems

When my son was born he had fluid in his lungs. It took him 4 weeks until his breathing would clear up. I took him to a lung specialist. She said that coughing is a good sign that the milk isn't getting into the lungs.

I'm not sure what you mean by breathing episodes. Is her chest sinking or can you see her ribs when she is breathing? Thats what happen with my son. I found that he had bronchial spasms. We gave him 3 breathing treatments a day. It cleared up when he was 2 months. He is now 2 years old and his breathing is just fine. No sign of asthma but we always keep an eye on it. You can also look into croup or RSV. Those are 2 types of serious colds baby's can get.
I could be totally off. I'm not sure what you mean by breathing episodes.

When she chokes on the milk maybe its coming out to fast?
Good luck with everything.

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Re: Breathing problems

Look into a pediactric allergist and ENT. My son had similar problems and it turned out he had obstructive sleep apnea (which is a condition where the child stops breathing time and time again in his/her sleep) in addition to enlarge tonsils and adnoids. The size of his adnoids and tonsils made breathing and swallowing even worse.

My son had his first ear/sinus infection at two months and this continued for 2+ years until an ENT removied the adnoids (bye-bye ear infections) and then at 3.5 years removed the tonsils (70% reduction in chronic sinusitus).

My son still has sleep apnea which was improved by the surgeries, but not cured. He has a CPAP which allows him to sleep safely and wonderfully now. Sleep apnea can be diagnosed as early as six months and treated then as well. It is estimated that 2 out of 100 children have it.. but only 1 out of 5000 is diagnosed. I am lucky that my husband and I were diagnosed with OSA 1.5 years ago and could recognize the signs in our son.

If we have another child I will have it tested immediately for this condition because it is serious and genetically dominant.

If we learn by our mistakes, I am working on one hell of an education.

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