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Help! My son can't breath!!

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • January 14, 2009
  • 04:17 PM

My son has been waking up in the middle of the night unable to breath. It's a very scary scene as he holds on to me for dear life with his eyes popping out of his head. We've been to the doctor a few times and gotten an xray. The xray came out ok and they gave us different versions of cough medicine and an inhaler. None of them worked. My son does not have a cough, cold, runny nose or anything like that though he has minor allergies. He is fine during the day and has been going to school. However at night, he chokes on phlegm that he cannot spit out. This can last for a scary while until he is able to clear his throat. I have not had a good night's sleep and have missed a lot of days at work since I don't know when I am gonna hear him gasping for air again. Please help!!! It's been 3 weeks!!!:(

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  • Hi there & i am sorry to hear about your son i am not a doctor & i have some breathing problems but not as bad if we could get more info how old he is, if this happens again you should take him to emergency they will test his heart etc.Thank you & goodluck
    masiii 5 Replies
    • February 11, 2009
    • 02:08 AM
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  • How old is your son? Did his symptoms appear after having a cold/flu? Does he complain of chest pain? What inhaler is he taking and how often? What cough med did they prescribe? When he is able to clear his throat is there phlegm? Is your son taking any other medications than the ones you mentioned?DOM
    acuann 3080 Replies
    • February 11, 2009
    • 02:53 AM
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  • My daughter is having the same exact problem and last night I had two hours sleep. I feel so helpless because I can't help her and I'm in the middle of switching doctors to see if someone else can help her. She too spits out phlem at least that's what I think it is. If anyone have any advise we would truly appreciate it. Vicks don't help, sitting up doesn't help, Benedryl or Clarridan don't help. What am I to do we have a humidifier and that don't help either.My son has been waking up in the middle of the night unable to breath. It's a very scary scene as he holds on to me for dear life with his eyes popping out of his head. We've been to the doctor a few times and gotten an xray. The xray came out ok and they gave us different versions of cough medicine and an inhaler. None of them worked. My son does not have a cough, cold, runny nose or anything like that though he has minor allergies. He is fine during the day and has been going to school. However at night, he chokes on phlegm that he cannot spit out. This can last for a scary while until he is able to clear his throat. I have not had a good night's sleep and have missed a lot of days at work since I don't know when I am gonna hear him gasping for air again. Please help!!! It's been 3 weeks!!!:(
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 14, 2009
    • 08:47 PM
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  • It is possible that it might be something neurological since your son is not responding to inhalers or developing any sign of sickness. Some children develop moments of apnea (inability to breathe) at night to the point they turn blue. I've dealt with multiple children like this. I would definitely ask for a referral from your doctor either to a neurologist or a cardiologist. Sometimes the heart will pump insufficient amounts of blood which lacks potential oxygen, thus feeling as though you can't breathe and turning blue.
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  • When he can't breathe, does he feel his throat burning or chest pain? If so he could possibly have Acid Reflux - the easiest way to deal with that is to sleep propped up, and there are medications to reduce stomach acid. Acid Reflux usually happens at night because it is easiest for stomach acid to travel into the throat when one is lying down. I have had it a few times, and it does cause breathing difficulty, which can sometimes be relieved by drinking water to flush the acid out of one's throat.If he doesn't feel throat burning though, it's probably something else.
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  • This happend with my son for a very long time. We went to the ER and they did nothing finally we told them find out whats wrong with my son or we are sueing and they took him to a expert about 200 mi from us. It turns out it was tracheomalacia and he needed surgery to have it fixed. Since then he has been perfect. His doc put him on inhalers to and they did nothing. talk to your doc about tracheomalacia and ifthere is a expert go to him.
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  • My son has been waking up in the middle of the night unable to breath. It's a very scary scene as he holds on to me for dear life with his eyes popping out of his head. We've been to the doctor a few times and gotten an xray. The xray came out ok and they gave us different versions of cough medicine and an inhaler. None of them worked. My son does not have a cough, cold, runny nose or anything like that though he has minor allergies. He is fine during the day and has been going to school. However at night, he chokes on phlegm that he cannot spit out. This can last for a scary while until he is able to clear his throat. I have not had a good night's sleep and have missed a lot of days at work since I don't know when I am gonna hear him gasping for air again. Please help!!! It's been 3 weeks!!!:(My son had the same thing. He was diagnosed with GERDS. The reflux makes it seem like he can't breathe. Try having him not eat for 3 hours before going to bed and taking Mylanta or Maalox before sleeping. Zantac just before bed works good also.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 19, 2010
    • 04:29 PM
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  • My son had the same thing. He was diagnosed with GERDS. The reflux makes it seem like he can't breathe. Try having him not eat for 3 hours before going to bed and taking Mylanta or Maalox before sleeping. Zantac just before bed works good also.The phlegm in his throat and/or the feeling that something is stuck in his throat is a classic GERD or acid reflux symptom (a reaction from acid coming up into the throat while sleeping). Also have him sleep propped up on pillows from his waist up or lift the head of his bed up (bricks under the front 2 legs of the bed works) so he is not sleeping flat. The not eating 3 hours before sleeping and Maalox/Mylanta (liquid form) or Zantac at bedtime worked well for us. After 3-4 months or so, his GERDS/acid reflux seemed to have disappeared or minimized enough to where we didn't need the Maalox/Mylanta or Zantac at bedtime anymore. I think his stomach and esophagus needed time to heal itself.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 19, 2010
    • 06:43 PM
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  • Hii....You can counteract your breathing troubles by learning to breathe properly. The technique of proper breathing may be called deep breathing, belly breathing, abdominal breathing or diaphragmatic breathing. Despite these different terms, the technique is the same. By learning to take slow, deep and even breaths, you will be able to breathe easier. This is the way newborn babies naturally breathe. You are also probably using this pattern of breathing when you are in a relaxed stage of sleep.The next time you’re feeling anxious try this simple relaxation technique: 1. Inhale slowly and deeply through your nose. Keep your shoulders relaxed. Your abdomen should expand, and your chest should rise very little. 2. Exhale slowly through your mouth. As you blow air out, purse your lips slightly, but keep your jaw relaxed. You may hear a soft "whooshing" sound as you exhale. 3. Repeat this breathing exercise for several minutes.You can perform this exercise as often as needed. It can be done standing up, sitting down or lying down. Thanks for....
    Natural Medicine 24 Replies
    • October 22, 2010
    • 06:36 AM
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