Hi, my three month is sounding really wheezy. It is worse after a feed but can be heard at other times as well. She coughs as well, not constantly but it can be quite bad when she starts. She's not poorly, feeding well, but looks like she's working hard to breathing sometimes. She's not fractious and seems her smiley self. I know it can be down to feeding sometimes but should I take her to drs just to be checked? I don't want to take a valuable appointment if it's one of those things with feeding. Thank you (paranoid mum)
A 3 month old whose breathing looks harder than normal is NOT using up a valuable appointment. It's exactly the sort of thing the appointments exist for. Please get them checked out.
(This time of year, it may well be bronchiolitis. This is basically caused by cold viruses, but in babies the same thing that happens in your nose and throat - red/angry/swollen/sore/twitchy/gunky - can happen down in their airways. This makes their breathing noisy. But it can make it hard work to breathe. You can start to see this because you see sucking in more between the ribs/below the ribs, and breathing faster. You can sometimes even see their head bobbing with each breath, or their nostrils flaring, or hear a grunting noise - signs that it's really getting bad. There's no magic fix, but it gets worse before it gets better, and quite a few babies need help to feed, or to keep their oxygen levels up. And, of course, somene to listen to their chest and make sure it doesn't sound like anything else)
Seriously, your baby is probably fine, but please get them checked out. I'd happily see 100 3/12 babies who didn't need to be seen, than miss the one that did.
ds2 suffered from broncoilitis at that age and was hospitalised. Ds3 is 6 months has been on amd off wheeze (was put on inhalers last month) and was diagnosed with croup and bronchiolitis on Monday. Was checked today and its turned intk a secondary infection amd now requires antibiotics
Seriously please get her seen tonight. It's not dangerous as in life threatening right now, but a 3mo working hard to breathe may well need extra oxygen. It may also start to interfere with her feeding, and at this age she won't be able to go for ages without feeding. It also can lead to more serious things like pneumonia if not treated.
My dd was hospitalised twice for this, once at 6weeks then a year later at 13 months. She was in for a week both times. I initially thought I was panicking unnecessarily by getting her seen by out of hours doc, but they sent us straight to hospital.
Hi Thanks for all your replies and sorry I didn't he back to you all sooner. Took her to drs and her chest is clear. They said it's possibly due to feeding, possibly a virus. Temp was normal. Worse at night as she is laid down so prop cot up and things like that. If no better in a week or worried to go back and check it's not turned into an infection. They didn't check oxygen levels and not concerned about her fast pulling in breathing. It's worse at night tho so difficult for them to assess I guess.