A BRAVE mom shared a video of her daughter struggling to breathe to help other parents spot warning signs.
She noticed that her little girl was really sick and she was trying to breathe harder than normal.
The kid breathed in quickly and audibly, and her mother noticed a sucking movement at the base of her daughter’s neck.
This is called a tracheal strain and is a telltale sign your child needs immediate medical attention.
If you notice this in your child, it is a sign that they are suffering from shortness of breath.
To spot a trachea, medical professionals say you should look for a visible sucking motion when your tot inhales, particularly where the two collarbones meet at the base of the throat.
You may also notice the same pulling between your child’s ribs or in the abdomen below the chest.
The quick-thinking mom recognized this sign of shortness of breath after reading about it on the CPR Kids Instagram account and watching videos about it, and rushed her little girl to the hospital.
Run by a team of pediatric nurses, the account shares first aid tips and tools for babies and children.
She later sent the video she took of her daughter to CPR Kids to help other parents know when to seek medical help for their children.
“Thankfully, knowing what to look for allowed me to spot the signs and get her straight to the hospital,” she wrote.
“She had a virus and was struggling to breathe,” she added, thanking CPR Kids for sharing the important information.
“If I didn’t know what to look for, I don’t know what I would have done.
“If I can help another mother, I would love to,” she said.
The account then posted the video on their page for other parents to see and shared an update on the little tot’s condition.
“Thankfully this little one is doing well,” CPR Kids said in a comment on the post.
“Because of mom’s quick actions and reaction, they caught the virus and their low oxygen levels early!”
The team behind CPR Kids shared tracheal tug signs to look out for last year.
In the meantime, GP Dr. Sarah Kayat on the four steps every parent needs to know when it comes to breathing properly for their little one.
Children often have coughs and runny noses. These are usually harmless and get better quickly, but your child may need treatment for more serious breathing problems.
Children may wheeze or have difficulty breathing because of a viral infection or a common condition like bronchitis, the NHS says.
According to Patient UK, other causes could be bacterial infections, asthma, allergies, cigarette smoke or really bad pollution or an airway blockage from an inhaled object.
What to do if your child’s breathing has changed?
Medical professionals say you should seek help if your child has one or more of these signs:
- noisy breathing – breath that sounds like grunts
- nasal flare – nostrils dilate with breathing
- Mood changes – more sleepy, difficult to wake up, more restless
- Auxiliary Muscle Use – Raise your shoulders as you breathe
- Head rocking – forward rocking
- Posture Change – Changing your posture to breathe better
- Indentations around the collarbones, between the ribs, or when the abdomen pulls under the chest
- pale or bluish skin
- moist skin.
If any of these occur, try to remain calm and soothe your child.
Make sure they are in a comfortable position to relieve shortness of breath.
If they have a reliever inhaler, give them that and if they have a chest physiotherapy program, do it.
If after a few minutes they continue to show these signs, contact 999 immediately.
Always call 999 in an emergency and if your child is unresponsive.
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