As a new parent, you hear a lot about diaper rash and reflux. But there’s a lesser-discussed topic many don’t learn about until they’re thrust into its scary throes: the impact respiratory illnesses can have on little ones.
As we head into the holiday season, read this plea from a patient’s mom—who also happens to be a nurse at Children’s—and watch this video for warning signs that could be lifesaving.
“It doesn’t matter how much training you have as a nurse. When you see your baby in the hospital on oxygen, it’s a terrible feeling. That’s why I’m sharing my story with each of you.
What started as a common ‘daycare cough’ resulted in the scariest few days of my life.
After noticing my 5-month-old, Alfie, working hard to breathe, I brought him to Urgent Care where he was diagnosed with bronchiolitis. However, the week of Thanksgiving, I just knew something wasn’t right. He was getting worse. Much worse. He had retractions, nasal flaring, was wheezing and running a slight fever. Without thinking twice, I drove straight to Scottish Rite—a second home for me with care teams I consider family and trust entirely. While I admittedly almost felt a little silly rushing him to the emergency room, I’m so glad I did. Within minutes, he was admitted and put on oxygen.
After a long, sleepless week, we were able to bring Alfie home virus-free, but not all families are as lucky. My advice for any parent? Trust your gut. You know your child better than anyone and if something doesn’t feel right, then it most likely isn’t.”
Viruses like bronchiolitis, flu, RSV, and rhinovirus remain in full swing, and one well-intentioned kiss or hand squeeze could have serious consequences. We hope this story will serve as a strong reminder of the importance of hand hygiene in protecting you and those around you this time of year.
The Carter Team prides itself on giving back to the community.
We have partnered with Children's healthcare to help and provide service to families who have been hit with childhood illness.
As always, we thank all of our clients for supporting us by sending us referrals so that we can continue to make a difference in a child's life.♥♥♥