So Lexi's newest addition to her repertoire of noises landed us in the hospital last night. I have been worried about her breathing lately. She gets really congested sounding after she eats and being the paranoid parent I am I was convinced that food or liquid was making it into her lungs and that why she was sounding that way. I haven't been the only one who noticed either. I've mentioned it to Ciara but she never seemed that worried. She also has started making this new noise....sometimes it seems like its a game to her and other times it seems like she's actually having trouble taking a breath.
So last night when we were feeding her she started sounding all congested and wheezing and then started making the new noise. It was the first time Ciara had heard it and she got really freaked out. We called our advice line and they said that from what we were saying that they didn't feel comfortable letting her go the night because it could be a precursor to SIDS. I personally thought that sounded a little extreme and absurd because isn't the whole point of SIDS Sudden infant death syndrome. There aren't precursors for that - right?? So I managed to convince her we should wait for a call back from our pediatrician. Ciara put Lex on the phone and the Dr told us to count her breathing and watch to see if it was labored and that she would call back. Lexi's breathing was pretty fast so the Dr told us a few things to try (saline in the nose to clear her up, feed her again to see if it happened, etc.) and if the breathing didn't slow we should go ahead and take her into the ER, otherwise we could bring her in at 8:30 this morning. Ciara was pretty upset by the whole thing (stupid advice person and the SIDS comment) and we had decided to go the next morning but as we were going to bed Ciara decided if Lex did die during the night she would never be able to forgive herself and that she felt safer taking her in. I was just going to drop them off, but the insurance is under my name and I didn't know how it would go so we all just stayed.
Lex and Ty were great the whole time (we were there from 10:30 to 1:30). The doctor said he couldn't remember the last time he saw such a happy baby. (I mumbled under my breath so Ciara couldn't hear "Thats because she's not a sick baby!!!") There was a W.ii in the hallway (the triage person had told Ty there was one in each room) so once the family who was on "ours" left and Ty got to play on it he did great too. He brought his U.no Attack and he and Ciara played that while we waited to get to the room. This morning Ciara took her to see the regular pediatrician and she said everything looked good. Didn't even mention asthma (the attending Dr was a little nervous about that when he listened to her last night) and she said that babies can learn that if they get a big reaction from a new noise that they'll just keep doing it. I think this is a scary sign of things to come if at 5 months she's already so attention seeking it caused the family to spend the night in the ER - :) - just imagine what she'll be doing at sixteen :)