We've all had the cold for 3 weeks but last night she was very unsettled, giving out sad cries but not waking up properly and then very wheezy when she woke up, she tried to cry but couldn't and her little face just crumpled. I have gp's appointment this afternoon. I've tried steam, snufflebabe and calpol, sleepinging in sling just now but she just seems so exhausted. Any ideas what it could be/ anything else I can do?
I was watching 24 hours in a GP practice (or whatever it's called) and a woman was in the surgery with asthma and taken to hospital immediately and she could talk properly to the doctor. If your baby can't cry (that's the equivalent of not being able to talk) she needs to be seen straightaway.
Please don't waste time now - it's important she doesn't get too exhausted.
A & E immediately. The tiredness may be because she's working so hard to breathe. Little ones can keep their oxygen levels quite good while working really hard, but when they tire and can't keep it up any more, they plummet really quickly. If your baby is struggling to cry then her breathing is laboured enough to be an emergency right now. Don't let it get to the too tired stage. I speak as a mum who had her 11month old blue lighted in at the struggling and wheezing stage, and we spent 3 hours in resus and almost lost him. Please call an ambulance. With a baby, even if there's nothing wrong they would never never be cross with you for calling them.
Sorry just wanted to update I whizzed down to GP and they agree her breathing is laboured but doesn't feel there is anything we can do as no evidence of infection. She's only pulling a little under the ribs when she breathes and her colour is good. If it worsens atall we're to pop back down or go to ooh. I just have my fingers crossed that it gets better and that her twin doesn't come down with it too.
I'm making a guess over the internet, so may be wrong, but rather suspect this might be the problem (which varies from v mild to rather more serious), and it has a nice little checklist of things to watch out for....
Another update, turned out to be croup following a midnight dash to the hospital as she declined fairly quickly. Oral steroid really helped and we have open access to the ward should we need to return. Bit annoyed at the gp as everyone we spoke to was a bit at her not getting treatment earlier.