If your little one had bronchiolitis, would you know what to look out for?
Charlie O’Brien had a terrifying experience when her baby Luna suffered from the infection. And while Charlie took Luna to the hospital, she was sent away after her symptoms appeared to have cleared. Over the next 48 hours, Luna’s condition deteriorated and Charlie and her husband JK had to rush her back to emergency care. In this video, Charlie tells her story so you’ll know what to do if your baby or child shows any of the symptoms!
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Do you think your child could have bronchiolitis? These are the additional signs to look out for:
1. Deep drawing in of the muscles under the rib cage (subcostal recession)
2. In-drawing of the muscles between each rib (intercostal recession)
3. The notch at the top of the breastbone (sternum) is being drawn in (sternal recession) indicating very severe respiratory distress
4. Nostril flaring
Call 999 immediately if you witness:
1. Stridor (a high-pitched, wheezing sound caused by disrupted airflow – often associated with upper airway blockage above the vocal cords – it’s not usually Bronchiolitis)
2. Grunting (a very serious sign that needs emergency treatment – dial 999)
3. Apnoea (breathing has stopped)
4. Blue lips or tongue
5. Cyanosis (a bluish cast to the skin and mucous membranes)
6. Your child breathing fast with a respiratory rate of over 60 breaths a minute
Bronchiolitis is a common lower respiratory tract infection that affects babies and children under two years old. It’s more common in premature babies, those with a heart or lung condition and babies under eight weeks old. The infection is caused by a virus known as the Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV), which is spread through the coughs or sneezes of someone who has the virus.
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Production music by www.epidemicsound.com