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Need HELP Re: Respiratory Distress/Unknown Illness???

My 7 month old daughter has been having some very unsettling symptoms for about the last month and we have thus far been unable to determine a cause. About 4 weeks ago, she was admitted to the hospital for respiratory distress. Wheezing, retracting, nasal flaring, and low o2 sats. Got a little better and was sent home. Since then she has had occasional wheezing, but in the past 10 days has had constant labored breathing: respiratory rate 60-90, heart rate 150-210, retracting, nasal flaring. Now for the past 4 days she is having episodes where she turns blue, or a dusky gray around her mouth. We have a pulse oximeter and her sats during these episodes are fine. It does not happen when she is wheezing. Just concerned that she is having all these respiratory symptoms but her airway is fine: Fast heart rate, fast respiratory rate, retracting, nasal flaring, and now turning bluish/gray and cant be explained? ANY IDEAS?? PLEASE!!!!!

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Asked by Anonymous at 8:09 PM on Jun. 20, 2010 in Health

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  • seizures? Did they do an EEG?

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:10 PM on Jun. 20, 2010

  • I assume she has had an xray and blood tests. It's not pneumonia, bronchiolitis or RSV? Has she seen a pulmonary specialist? you know, this is impossible to guess....what is her doc saying about all these symptoms? Can you call the triage nurse or your insurance company and explain the situation and ask for better care?

    Answer by kjrn79 at 8:19 PM on Jun. 20, 2010

  • have they done an echo on her? to rule out cardiac anomalies? what you are saying is not correct-- you can not turn dusky and have a normal pulse ox a pulse ox measures a color -so if you visually see a color change her pulse ox should be down b/c that is what it is measuring color-- that is why pulse ox is invalid in Ruddy disorders like carbon monoxide poison and some heart defects as well-- go to a Childrens Center hospital to get her a work up--

    Answer by MELRN at 8:39 PM on Jun. 20, 2010

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