The signs are so subtle that if you didn’t know what to look for, you might not know that this baby was having trouble breathing.
Fortunately, her mom knew the signs and was ready to head to the hospital.
Her first trip to the snow saw her suffer terribly, and now a trip to warm [Queensland] results in being rushed in an ambulance at midnight. Petrifying, but as a parent you just have to run on auto pilot and get through … for them.
Her experience in caring for her son’s asthma has helped Cachia learn how to identify signs of breathing distress. So when she saw the telltale movement in Florence’s throat and ribs, she knew it was time to go back to the hospital.
Cachia shared the video of her daughter’s strained breathing on Instagram, and wrote:
The sucking in under her throat & her ribs means she’s working really hard to breathe. We used prior knowledge & listened to our gut and Jaryd took her in just before bed time.
She went on to explain that she took the video so that they would have something to show the doctors in case Florence was breathing fine by the time they arrived at the hospital.
After a night on oxygen, the baby is now doing well.
According to Boston Children’s Hospital, there are a number of indications that a child is experiencing respiratory distress. Many parents may already be aware of more common signs, like wheezing, or changes in coloring (bluish lips or grayish skin).
An increased breathing rate and sweating without being warm (cool, clammy skin) can indicate that a child is not getting enough oxygen. Grunting noises when a child exhales can be a sign that he or she is trying to keep air in the lungs. Similarly, a flared nose or retractions (when the chest appears to sink under the breastbone or below the neck) show that the child is working hard to breathe.
If you notice any of these signs of labored breathing or respiratory distress, do not hesitate to get professional medical help immediately.