Mom Thought It Was Just A Cold, But When She Saw Baby's Stomach She Rushed Straight To The ER
LifeAspire Staff 3/17/2017
We are all thankful for the miracles of modern medicine until one of us gets a cold, and then all bets are off! For something that afflicts a majority of the population frequently and with varying degrees of misery, it is surprising that medicine has not cracked the code in nipping the problem in the bud!
For some families this season however, the common cold is taking on a much worse form when contracted by infants and babies. Knowing first hand about this problem is Jenna Kuntz in Connellsville, PA, whose infant daughter Alicea started showing some really strange symptoms after developing a cold.
Facebook/Jenna Leigh Kuntz
Just when Alicea's congestion and wheezing relating to the cold seemed to be getting better, out of no where, she started having trouble breathing. Jenna recalls:
"Alicea was fighting off a little cold from end of last week and seemed to be on the mend but this morning she began to show signs of labored breathing while we were at church. We rushed her to the hospital."
Alicea's breathing problem eventually graduated to a weird and uncontrollable movement of organs under her ribs, accompanied by uncontrollable head bopping, and flaring of nostrils. Doctors quickly diagnosed the problem as RSV or respiratory syncytial virus, which is a very contagious virus that infects the respiratory tract mostly in little children.
Most of the time the virus passes with cold-like symptoms, but for babies 8-10 weeks old, born prematurely, or with other lung and heart complications, or with other immune deficiencies, RSV can graduate into life threatening bronchiolitis or pneumonia.
This seem to make sense for Alicea who was a preemie and under two-months old. Doctors were able to control Alicea's pain once they knew what it was and thankfully for her parents, she returned home happy and healthy.
Facebook/Jenna Leigh Kuntz
For Jenna though, she wanted to make sure other moms knew about this, so she took to Facebook and posted pictures and videos of the weird symptoms of RSV - which really seem like some kind of special effect on a fake baby doll. She wrote:
"I just wanted to share these signs with you guys. We were blessed to realize what was happening early, before it got really bad. You want to look for wheezing, pale skin, lacing skin, lips blue or pale, sucking in under ribs, nostrils flaring, throat sinking in, shoulders moving up and down and head bobbing. Hope this helps someone."
Local news stations that picked up her story and comments on Jenna's post have made it clear that there are other children being affected with RSV, and parents are thankful to have been made aware.
Just like the common cold, there is no cure or vaccine for RSV. A medication called palivizumab may be given to babies considered high risk by their doctors. For other babies, the basic hygiene rules are the best way to combat the virus from spreading. This includes washing hands frequently, cleaning and disinfecting surfaces frequently, avoiding kissing the baby - especially if someone already suffers from a cold, and keeping the baby away from crowds, including older siblings who might go to school and daycare.
Take a look at Jenna's video showing baby Alicea's ribs:
It is always hard to judge whether parents are overreacting or not, but in this case, what Jenna and her husband did ended up saving their little daughter's life. Posting what they learned from their experience on social media also seems to have saved other parents from a similar nightmare. And it's never a bad reminder to always wash those hands.
Sources: WedMD, Global News, Facebook/Jenna Leigh Kuntz, Los Angeles Post Image Source: Facebook/Jenna Leigh Kuntz