Hello......I have 2 daughter's,my eldest 23 months and my youngest 8 months.They both have terrible hacking coughs and a cold...loads of phlem.Anyway...last night we took our 8 month old to hospital as she seemed to have breathing difficulties...we were addmitted to the childrens ward and she was diagnosed with mild Bronchitis (sorry for bad spelling) she was given an inhaler but no anti-biotics...my eldest daughter that day had been given anti-biotics when we took them to the doctors before the hospital episode as she has a chest infection.But they said at the hospital that anti-biotics wouldnt help our 8 month old (even though they aparently both have bronchitis-its just that its worse in smaller baby's) Anyway we are home and she is asleep but i am VERY worried because her breathing is still quite fast.I have just phoned the childrens ward back and I spoke to a registra and he said as long as she is pink in colour and not making much noise whilst breathing then he expects it to be faster than normal...I am a worryer in general but when it comes to my children I'm constantly panicing that I'm going to loose them...I'm so scared that she will die from this Bronchitis...I am not sleeping and I havn't slept for two days now and niether has my partner.I'm constantly checking...watching her breath and feeling her chest.Can babys just stop breathing?????? can they die??????? please any information would be lovely.thank you for your time...sorry its so babbly but i'm so worried and tired.Thanks,JadeXXXXXX
Ok, first of all calm down. There is no need to worry. I will try to answer you as best I can from my experience with this. It seems like you are in good hands as far as the doctors go. I don't know if you have ever had bronchitis, but when you do have it, it hurts....I had it as a young girl, and every breath was extremely painful. This gives us the tendency to breathe more quickly in order to get more oxygen to our lungs, instead of taking normal breaths which are deeper and more painful.
As long as the baby is pink, then she is getting enough oxygen. The only thing that worries me is the fact that a high rate of breathing is exhausting after a while. It never hurts to get a second opinion on what do to about that... your babies might need quite a bit more sleep than usual because of the strain of breathing. I don't think they will die.
The reason why an antibiotic was not prescribed, I don't know. Sometimes it is better not to have them...some bronchitis comes from viruses which will not be effected by antibiotics. The inhaler is good. Did they give you a vapor machine? Usually comes with an air compressor and a mouth or nose piece that can clear up the lungs more quickly, and depending on the drug used, can also help babies a great deal.
If the baby has a fever, his breathing is going to change too, so this breathing may be unrelated to how his lungs feel. As always, go ahead and get a second professional opinion of a pediatrician if you don't think you are getting all the help and advice you need.
I hope this helps and that your babies are better soon!
my son was admited to hospital with bronchitis at 4 months old, they didnt give him anything because it was safer not to. His breathing was fast,noisy and he had an awful cough. He also had gastro at the same time, so wasnt taking his formula properly, but he is fine now. He got better within about two weeks, and that was with no meds. I hope this eases your worry