Had a scary moment a little earlier!

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JBird3010's picture
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Had a scary moment a little earlier!

I was breast feeding Cammi and all of a sudden she started screaming like I've never heard her scream before and she got real rigid and started turning purple and stopped breathing. I started patting her back and she finally started breathing. She wasn't making any choking noises, so I'm not sure what was wrong. I called our insurances nurse line and she said sounds like colic. Then I wasn't convinced so I called the non emergency number for the hospital and talked to a nurse onion OB and she said sounds like reflux. Seems awfully extreme for colic or reflux, but I suppose possible. I have never been more scared in my whole life and I hope it never happens again!

Have any of you ladies experienced something similar to this with one of your babies?

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This happened a few times with my DD. My DD was(is) high needs and was very colicky for the first 4 months of her life. She was also on meds for reflux starting at 2 months old. She would have screaming fits like that where she would get stiff as a board. Once, I called the pediatricians office during one of those fits, but they were completely unconcerned. Once we took her to the ER but by the time we got there she had quit screaming, so nothing came of it. The meds helps with her overall crying and fussiness, but about 4 or 5 times she had these episodes, similar to what you describe. A couple lasted 15 to 20 minutes. It was rough.

Kole doesn't cry much, thankfully. I think it's a gift from God because I would completely lose my mind if he was a high needs baby too.

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Desmond (I think) has reflux. He spits up a lot and he does start coughing where I swear he's not breathing at all. He's never turned purple but he's gotten so mad from screaming he's turned a deep red (it's like a soundless scream). But that's just when he's gotten so mad because we're (meaning DH ha ha) not moving quick enough to feed him. And I thought colic was pretty much just the baby crying because their tummy hurt.

But that is scary! I'm glad she's okay. And hopefully that doesn't happen again.

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Sad That would be scary!

I do know that something similar happened once with my first daughter when she was about one week old, and it was on Easter. She was nursing, and didn't breathe for a minute, turned purple, and finally started breathing... she ended up blowing a bunch of breast milk out of her nose while screaming. We ended up taking her to the ER because EMTs didn't have any idea what was going on. The doctor diagnosed her with "dyspnea" (difficulty breathing) Beee like I hadn't already figured that out... They just said it was normal for a new baby's body to forget how the digestive system is supposed to work. It never happened again for her. This time around, Elijah hasn't had that, but he spits up ALL THE TIME, and my girls never did.. fun stuff.

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Thats really scary! I don't have any experience or advice, but I hope it doesn't happen anymore! (((Hugs)))

jhj
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I don't know if it is the same as what you experienced, but my milk lets down quickly, so poor Heidi often gets more milk than she can swallow, so she drools some out, and swallows the rest... means I have a whole system of receiving blankets set up to keep myself from getting soaked and her covered if we are out in public! She also gets the full shower if she pulls away to catch her breath!! Anyways... a few times it seems like she gets so much milk, that she can't breathe because she is trying to swallow, but she is silent... Then she screams!!! Really, really screams... super loudly... She seems mad that she nearly choked, and at the same time mad that she isn't still drinking... just MAD!!! Once the boob gets back in her mouth, she settles and is good to go again!

Hope that is doesn't happen anymore for you, it must be scary to see her not breathing,

Heather

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Heather, I have the exact same problem as you! I guess that's possible what happened and she just wasn't able to make a choking noise. I think maybe Cammi is getting a bit colicky though because the past couple of nights she's been completely inconsolable for atleast an hour or so. Yikes!

jhj
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Sounds like Cammi and Heidi are on the same schedules!! Heidi has had some really LOUD evenings the last three nights. It seems like for the first 6 weeks she was very content, easily consoled by eating a little cuddle, and then falling asleep. Now though she is awake a lot more and she doesn't know what to do with herself. She is awake, but can't really focus on toys or grab at them, so I don't know if she is bored or kinda scared of the new sensation of being awake but not needing anything. She has been doing a lot of crying and eventually calming down to sleep. In the next few weeks as she can be entertained by toys (or in my house by the three preschoolers who continually play peek-a-boo or other games to her) she will be happier!

And to make you feel better, from my understanding half an hour to five hours of crying is "normal" so I just keeping being glad I'm closer to the hour than five!!

Hope this passes soon and calm returns to your home!
Heather