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Oxygen levels while asleep-help I'm in a panic

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Notthinkingclearly Tue 07-Jun-16 20:59:48

Dd who is suffering from a virus with a cough Gave her ventolin at bedtime and decided to see what her oxygen levels are now she is asleep. At the moment the oxygen levels are around 91/92 going up to 94. Some sites I have looked at say anything over 90 is ok in sleep but I'm confused. Can anyone advise me please. She doesn't look like she is struggling and seems quite peaceful.

ShiftyFades Tue 07-Jun-16 21:29:36

How old is she and is she asthmatic?

My dad (77) has COPD and was in intensive care last year for an acute illness, they didn't like it when his oxygen went below 95, even with COPD.

ShiftyFades Tue 07-Jun-16 21:32:34

Apparently under 92 is cause for concern at night.

Notthinkingclearly Tue 07-Jun-16 21:42:20

She has never been diagnosed with asthma. I keep wondering symptoms fit enlarged adenoids but dr unwilling to refer us. Checked now and sats at steady 96. Do you think I need to do anything tonight?

Gotheftosleep Tue 07-Jun-16 21:48:12

How are you measuring the oxygen levels?

ShiftyFades Tue 07-Jun-16 22:05:37

I don't think you need to worry tonight, ordinarily you wouldn't know her levels and she looks fine and sleeping well.

Maybe ask for a telephone consultation tomorrow, with your GP, just to put your mind at rest.

SweetPeaPods Tue 07-Jun-16 22:09:46

Could you remove her pillow so she is lying flat?
When ds1s levels were dropping its often because his chin was dropping (ifywim?)

Notthinkingclearly Tue 07-Jun-16 22:11:29

I have a oximeter I bought from amazon. It measures everyone else's sats at 99. Just rechecked dd's and it now reads 98. I will call Drs in the morning just don't want him to think I am bit crazy.

Notthinkingclearly Tue 07-Jun-16 22:13:33

I have had her propped up with pillows to start with because I thought it would help but then took them out. Have I made it worse? Will I have caused her damage?

MuggleWuggle Tue 07-Jun-16 22:21:57

How old? On young children the oximeter often cannot read accurately because of small fingers (know this having googled frantically after a low reading on my 5yr old DD), position also makes a difference eg if lying on arm, bent finger etc. What's her skin colour like? If normal and no blueish tinge around lips or under nails then probably OK.
If you are really worried though call GP. Hope she feels better soon.

lougle Tue 07-Jun-16 22:38:54

I think you are worrying unnecessarily. 95 and above is perfectly normal. 91/92 and rising to 94 can be anything from the probe slipping on the finger slightly, not making perfect contact, the finger being slightly cool, bent, etc., her throat being slightly bent and compressing her airway slightly (perfectly normal and your brain send a signal to your body to move when it detects it), her abdomen being slightly scrunched up and not allowing her lungs to fully dilate, etc., etc.

If she wasn't getting enough oxygen, her brain would either stimulate a faster rate of breathing or a deeper breath.

Wolfiefan Tue 07-Jun-16 22:42:43

Why did you give ventolin? Is it her prescription?
Why do you have this device? Do you have health anxiety?

Heratnumber7 Tue 07-Jun-16 22:46:48

I've never heard of anyone worrying about anyone elses oxygen levels while sleeping before. Is DD healthy, or does she have some condition you haven't told us about. Or do you have a MH condition?

Notthinkingclearly Tue 07-Jun-16 23:10:54

Thanks for reassurance. She is prescribed ventolin by peaditrician as she has allergies. Monitor is mine as I have asthma. I do have health anxieties so I think you are right that I panic. This hasn't been helped over the last year by some pretty terrible misdiagnosis by GP's making me question everything. I think I need to start a new thread on health anxiety too.

lougle Tue 07-Jun-16 23:16:08

Please don't monitor her oxygen levels smile There is no need and you'll drive yourself into a flat spin. Everyone drops their oxygen slightly occasionally. Our bodies do a fantastic job of responding to that and picking it back up.

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