My son had developed a nasty cough that was always followed by a raspy gasping sound, sneezing, and occasionally sticky bubbles (like thick saliva). We took him to the docs, and they diagnosed him with bronchiolitis, prescribed a nebulizer/albuterol treatment, and sent us home to go back for a follow up 4 days later. At the follow up, the doc says his lungs sound less rattly, and adds that she thinks he has a floppy airway, and that it should clear up on it's own.
Now that I'm home and reading up on it, I'm seeing that in some cases it requires surgery, can cause other issues like chronic respiratory illnesses, poor weight gain (though that part I'm not so concerned about since he's in the 75th percentile) and wondering why the doc didn't do a more thorough exam and diagnose it for what it is so that he can have whatever treatment it requires, rather than allowing it to get worse before bothering. Why do docs wait until symptoms are really serious before they bother doing anything about them? Seems to me someone said it right when they said an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. I'm terrified that my son's going to develop sleep apnea or something aweful now. We don't go back until June 27. It seems like such a long time to wait. Ugh. Any advice on things i can do to help my son breath easier or prevent him from inhaling milk while he eats? He makes a funny noise when he's nursing like he's swallowing a lot of air with the milk, and sometimes he just screams randomly like he's in a lot of pain..he's too little to be going through all this crap.
Asked by Anonymous at 10:44 PM on May. 28, 2011 in Babies (0-12 months)
Answer by dreamangel06 at 11:11 PM on May. 28, 2011
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