It can be challenging for first-time parents to determine whether your little one is sick or not. Since babies mostly cry and sleep, it may not be easy to know whether they are suffering from certain disorders or diseases already.
As a parent, it is important to know how you can distinguish a healthy baby from a sick baby. It may not be easy at all but knowing all the symptoms and paying much closer attention to your little one can help, like this mother from the United Kingdom.
A Video Awareness
The mother, Katie Louise Goulbourn, shared a video of her daughter who was close to being killed by sepsis. She wants to raise awareness about the symptoms of this deadly condition.
Goulbourn wishes she’d known the symptoms of sepsis sooner so she can help her daughter quicker. Although little Chloe is already getting better, her mother shared that she is still fighting for her life at least four hours after the video was shot.
After a week in the hospital with around the clock monitoring, countless tests and endless antibiotics/fluid pumped around her little body, and with the biggest thank you to 50+ NHS employees, Chloe is now home and doing well.
Pay Closer Attention to the Symptoms
Although the video still brings back haunting memories for Goulbourn, she wants all parents to know what to look out for. A lot of symptoms are already there, but a lot of parents like Goulbourn cannot determine it.
Grunting noises when breathing – it started off sounding very normal, like she was trying to poo, and gradually escalated to the sounds you hear in the video. Struggling to breathe – notice how Chloe’s stomach is being drawn in beneath her ribs as she breathes. Signs could also be chest dropping and head bobbing with each breath.
What is Sepsis?
Sepsis is a bigger killer compared with breast, bowel, and prostate cancer as well as road traffic accidents combined. It is a life-threatening illness that is caused by the body’s response to an infection.
It is developed when the chemicals in the immune system are released into the bloodstream to fight an infection that causes inflammation throughout the body. The most common sites of infections leading to sepsis are the pelvis, urinary tract, abdomen, and lungs.
If sepsis is detected early and is not affecting the vital organs yet, it can be possible to treat the infection using antibiotics. A lot of patients who have sepsis that is detected at an earlier stage make a full recovery from the disease.
Symptoms of Sepsis
Sepsis has a lot of symptoms such as:
- Fever and Chills
- Loss of Appetite
- Excessive Thirstiness
- Difficult or Rapid Breathing
- Low Blood Pressure
- Rapid Heart Rate
- Low Urine Output
Take a closer look and check if you see the following symptoms on your little one:
- Temperature of over 38 degrees Celsius for babies under three months
- Temperature of over 39 degrees Celsius for babies aged three to six months
- Any high temperature in a child who is feeling lethargic and does not show interest in anything.
- Finding it much harder to breathe than normal
- Making grunting sounds when breathing
- Breathing that obviously pauses
- Not had a wet nappy for more than 12 hours
- Not drinking for more than eight hours
- Bile-stained, bloody or black vomit
- Eyes look sunken
- Mottled skin
- Rashes that don’t fade when pressed
- Soft spot on the head is bulging
If any of these symptoms are present, seek medical help immediately.