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help - not sure if urgent or I'm paniking over nothing

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GingerCuddleMonster Mon 05-Jan-15 21:15:46

so ds is 20weeks + 4days, he has been a bit sniffly recently, runny nose and cough but is also recovering from a bout of bronchitis.

But tonight he is really rattly! he's asleep in the bouncy chair but his breathing though steady and constant there's this overbearing rattle, now I know babies airways are small so a small amount of mucous can cause this but I'm not sure how worried I should I being a bit too pfb? is there anything I can do to help him?? sad should I be on the phone to gp out of hours right now? I don't know..I must sound like a loon!!

he has no fever either I'll add.

help mumsnet help!!

GoingToBedfordshire Mon 05-Jan-15 21:17:38

No, I don't think you're going over the top, he is tiny. I would ring ooh in your situation.

Hope he feels better soon.

GoingToBedfordshire Mon 05-Jan-15 21:18:52

Oh, I found a humidifier a real help when our dd had bronchiolitis at that age.

GingerCuddleMonster Mon 05-Jan-15 21:53:24

phoned gp had a phone consultation hmm (never had one of them before) she said it's probably the cough hanging about, plus his cold, vapour rub him up, leave the calpol if no temp and clear his nose....7 years of fricking medical school for that!!envy the mind boggles.

GoingToBedfordshire Mon 05-Jan-15 22:10:01

Oh dear, sorry to hear you're not happy. I remember that rattly chest, it is worrying.

Hope it clears up soon, but if you're still concerned and have worries about his breathing, then take him to get seen.

GingerCuddleMonster Mon 05-Jan-15 22:18:24

I think I'll just sit here staring at him all night, not good when you have a 9-5:30 shift to work and need to be up at 6:30 to sort everything out and take him to his gm house. ohh well the joys of motherhood lol.

to be honest the rattling has reduced but I did lift his chin so o think it's opened up his airways

GoingToBedfordshire Mon 05-Jan-15 23:37:31

No, far from ideal, but it's so hard isn't it. Really hope he is less rattly tomorrow and that you get a bit of kip tonight.

AnyFucker Mon 05-Jan-15 23:43:46

Have you taken him out of his bouncy chair. ..forcing him to stay semi upright like that is tough on his tiny airways and possibly compromising his windpipe

put him in his cot on his back for 2 hours, then tilted to alternate sides every couple of hours

raise the top of the cot to a 15 degree angle

if he doesn't settle and sleep peacefully in an hour or so initially call the doc again

Ziggyzoom Mon 05-Jan-15 23:44:28

My DD has been admitted to hospital with breathing difficulties. The thing we have always been told to look for is the drawing in of the skin between the throat and the chest, or the skin above the cloak bones. In essence, if the effort of breathing is drawing the skin around the chest inwards, then they are working too hard to maintain their oxygen.

This is often worse when laying flat. So prop up, use vics, olbas oil etc. but if he is working too hard to breath, take him to A&E without delay.

Ziggyzoom Mon 05-Jan-15 23:45:43

COLLAR bones!

AnyFucker Mon 05-Jan-15 23:49:56

ginger, have a look on YouTube for videos of babies with recession

If your baby is doing that, take to A+East like pp said

AnyFucker Mon 05-Jan-15 23:50:47


GingerCuddleMonster Tue 06-Jan-15 07:09:41

morning all, I didn't keep him the bouncy chair all night, we co slept in the end he seemed better and more relaxed cuddled up to me. his breathing got better after a bit of a coughing for so he must have cleared a lot of the mucous, thanks for the help ladies.

he didn't wake too much either so that'd a bonus we had midnight, 3am 4am 5:30am and he's up now full of beans grin.

thank you for your help

AnyFucker Tue 06-Jan-15 16:03:07

glad he is improving

it's always worse in the middle of the night thanks

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