5 Signs Your Infant Is Having Difficulty Breathing


My goal in this post is to help you feel more confident when you have to make the decision between an emergency room trip or waiting for that doctor’s appointment they squeezed you in for five hours later.

*Please note I am not a medical professional, just a mom that has a baby that occasionally stinks a breathing.  Please contact your doctor if you have any questions.

That being said, my little one aspirates anything that he takes orally.  We use the g-tube for all feedings but he will occasionally aspirate on his vomit or even the bath water.  So many times in the past year I’ve had to make the call between emergency and waiting it out.  I even purchased a small pulse ox to help me keep track of him when he’s sick. (The linked one works best on their big toe while they are sleeping)

Here are the five things you want to look for:

  1. Is your little one pale or blueish, this can usually be seen around their mouth, hands, feet, and nail beds.
  2. How fast are they breathing at rest?  This is why they count breaths. Anything over 50 breaths per minute while baby is calm could be cause for concern.
  3. Nasal flaring- Is their nostrals flaring with each breath?
  4. Are they retracting?  Lay them down and lift up their shirt.  There are two spots to look.  Watch right under their rib cage and the bottom middle of their neck as they breath in.  Does it look as if the skin is pulling in with each breath in?
  5.  Finaly, even though their cough may sound awful, are they happy, alert and playful?

After checking these five things you will be well prepared to call your childs doctor and make the decision on whether or not they need to be seen.

I always say follow your gut, and when in doubt just get them checked out!


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