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What is happening to my baby? Milk coming through nose, struggling to breathe... Is she in pain?

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issa2786 Mon 20-Jun-16 22:55:10


Sorry if I have posted in the wrong place, but this seemed to be the most relevant.

My baby was born on 14 May 2016. I was induced on 12 May and my waters broke on 13 May with meconium in them. The midwives thought this may be because I had hyperstimulated as a result of being induced. We were rushed to theatre as I was pushing because her heart rate had dropped from 180 to 20. In there she was delivered with forceps and just one push. We were then kept in for two days, as her temperature was just below the required 36.4 degrees C (although they had shoved us in a freezing cold room that even the midwives themselves were complaining about). Whether this is relevant, I don't know, but thought I would mention in case.

Very early morning the day after we brought her home (so when she was just two days old), we called 111 as she had brought up a lot of mucus and had effectively stopped breathing. She had turned bright red and gone stiff. 111 sent the paramedics as she was so young and we were sent to A&E, where she was checked over and sent home, being told "it happens."

Two weeks later we were visiting family, and my baby was very snuffly.I was nervous about what was going on, as it just didn't feel right. Sure enough, five minutes later she had gone bright red and stiff. She looked scared and was panicking. My family were scared too, and called an ambulance. After what seemed like forever, she calmed down again and seemed to be able to breathe properly again. Again we were sent home, being told "everything seems fine".

Today, three weeks after the last incident, she has brought milk / sick up through her mouth and nose and again gone bright red and stiffened up. I cleared the milk /sick from her mouth and nose, picked her up and leaned her forward. Again, this seemed to resolve it. I did not ring 111 or an ambulance this time as I seemed to get it sorted quite easily. Prior to bringing up the milk, she had had lots of bubbles in her mouth.

Is anyone able to shed some light on what this could be? Sorry if it's obvious or nothing major, but I'm a first time mum with a previous history of anxiety, and it's really bringing me down. I'm nervous to leave the house or let anyone else hold her in case it happens again.

I would just be really grateful for anyone's advice or comments. The doctor's telling me "it seems normal" and that they can't diagnose because they didn't see it happening is not really helping. I can't stand to see my tiny daughter looking so scared!

Thank you in advance smile

Dragongirl10 Mon 20-Jun-16 23:02:21

Hi op,

l don't know what is wrong but l would be very concerned too, go back to your doctor and fight for some investigations.

It could be reflux, make sure you keep her relatively upright for feeds and for 30 mins after...if it happens again lay her over your knee and quite firm pats on her shoulders to help clear it, or upright against your shoulder.

Do not be brushed off and told you are a nervous new mum, you are doing great and need to get to the bottom of this.

Good luck

3littlefrogs Mon 20-Jun-16 23:05:11

The first thing that comes to mind is whether her palate was checked carefully at birth and again when you first took her to hospital.
I suggest you make an appointment to see your GP and mention specifically the snuffliness and the milk coming through her nose.

Also - have your mobile phone ready so that if someone is with you and it happens again, they can video what is actually happening.

You could take her to the baby clinic and speak to your health visitor who could help you to get her checked.

rememberthetime Mon 20-Jun-16 23:07:14

Our daughter did this as a tiny baby. Literally struggled to breathe and turned Blue several times. Turned out she had a cv cleft palate that was undiagnosed. The milk came out her nose too. Not saying this is the problem but worth checking.

issa2786 Wed 22-Jun-16 12:06:52

Thank you so much to everyone for taking the time to reply. I really appreciate your advice. I will keep pushing for answers! Thanks again

ShoeJunkie Wed 22-Jun-16 12:11:03

Yes, to getting her palate checked. Particularly ask them to check for a sub- mucous cleft.
I'm a speech therapist and this is a first port of call when a parent reports food/vomit coming down the nose.
Poor you op, it must be very scary - hope you get some answers.

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