A desperate mother has issued a warning to parents after her 6 weeks old baby caught was seemingly a normal cold that ended up with her admitted in hospital in a terrifying ordeal. Beth Foster’s daughter Myah had the symptoms of a common cold, but as a responsible mother she closely monitored her baby.
A week ago they went to the doctor and Myah was prescribed eye drops. But on Saturday, the young mother’s nightmare began when she noticed her baby’s breathing had become irregular and it transpired she has bronchiolitis. The 21 year old mom posted a gut-wrenching photo of her baby girl on Facebook along with a strong warning to other parents. Her post read:
“Parents with a baby/small children: Please be aware of bronchiolitis this winter; it’s so easily missed—and so bloody dangerous! It starts with just a simple cough and cold, but, can turn to so much more—within hours. Myah was using muscles in her tummy to help her to breathe, that she shouldn’t even be using to breathe.
I’ve never seen a baby’s tummy pumping so fast, fighting for the breaths… and I’ve never been so scared. I took her to the doctor on Tuesday, and he prescribed some eye drops for a gunky eye—at that point she wasn’t struggling.
On Saturday whilst at a Christmas party, she had a coughing fit and her face turned purple for around 15 seconds. I phoned 111 (British version of the USA’s 911), who got us an after-hours appointment, in which the doctor sent us straight to the hospital. When I arrived, they checked Myah’s stats and three nurses ran off with her, to immediately get her straight on oxygen. I was told they were surprised she didn’t end up in an ambulance.
We had no clue how serious this all was, until that point. She’s 6 weeks-old today, and we’re looking at anything between 3 to 7 days in hospital, hooked up to lots of machines; on the high dependency unit in the children’s ward—on oxygen, feeding tubes, and having to be sedated, just to get some sleep. There is nothing more heartbreaking.
Even if your baby has a slight cough or cold, just get checked out. Please spread awareness, as before all this, we didn’t even know what bronchiolitis was. Feel free to share.”