Posted by: Leigh | 2004/12/02


Choking on phlem and losing breath (blue in face) about 15 seconds

I have gone to my pediatrician about my 4 month old baby choking and losing her breath and turning blue in her face. She coughs until all the air is out of her lungs and cannot regain her breath. I pat her on the back holding her neck straight in a downward position in order for the phlem to come out - hardly anything comes out. I then blow in her face to give her a fright to start her breathing again. Sometimes it takes too long for her to catch her breath and goes completely blue in her face and lips. Please help as when some phlem comes out it's white in colour and not green. She chokes terribly and mainly at night in her sleep. Please help - Desperate

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These do sound like very serious episodes and I would advise that you contact your paediatrician again. It may be best to observe your baby in hospital for a day or two to try and establish a cause. What you describe sounds a lot like Pertussis (whooping cough), but there are many other possible causes and if your child received all 3 initial immunisations pertussis is unlikely.

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Posted by: Leigh | 2004/12/03

I have been to one pediatricians - clinically healthy
Went for x-rays - clear
Went for four sessions of physio - healthy
Went to seek help at a hospital - clinically healthy
Been to a second pediatrician - antibiotics, mixture to liquify phlem - still chokign and loosing breath

Please help

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Posted by: Nuffing | 2004/12/02

She may need physio to help dislodge and move the phlegm... they can also suck it out if it is severe.

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Posted by: Purple | 2004/12/02

If your paediatrician hasn't hellped you with this, I'd go for a second opinion with another peadiatrician.

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