Thursday, April 8, 2010

A different kind of post

In honor of my oldest daughter turning TWO this weekend, I thought I would stray from breastfeeding and post about another topic I advocate the awareness of.
Breath Apnea and SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.)

Some of you know that my oldest daughter, Joslyn, stopped breathing at 3 days old and was rushed to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite. While there, she had 2 more episodes. During her episodes she was awake, either nursing or taking a liquid medicine, would turn blue and she also aspirated a couple of times.
After 4 days and a battery of tests, Joslyn was diagnosed with Silent Reflux and Breath Apnea. Unlike normal Reflux, Joslyn would not spit up. She instead swallowed her reflux down which caused her to choke, stop breathing and aspirate. We called these episodes "blue episodes" as her face would turn from grey to blue while she was "refluxing."

Joslyn was placed on an Apnea Monitor, which she wore 24 hours a day 7 days a week, for 4 months. She was then on the monitor only while she slept until 7 months old. At this time she had outgrown the monitor and we had to give it back.
My husband and I grew so attached and dependent on the Apnea Monitor, that we were so scared to let her sleep, let alone be in a separate room than her. We did some research and found a great remedy to OUR sleepless nights and fears.
The Baby Sense V Monitor is unlike any other motion monitor. This monitor has 2 sensor pads, so it grows with your child. This monitor is so sensitive that it picks up Joslyn's ceiling fan when it is on medium. A simple fix for us, we just put her fan on slow. The monitor picks up every breath, movement and heart beat. We have been using it every day since Joslyn was 8 months and to this day it still works wonderfully. We even bought a second one for Katelyn.

Watching your child turn blue and hooked up to a dozen wires and monitors is such a horrific nightmare, even that is an understatement. I have family and friends who have lost their precious babies to SIDS, there is no coming back from a loss like that. In my opinion, this monitor can save lives. It gave us peace of mind and still does.

I am so very happy to say that Joslyn has been Reflux, medicine and "blue episode" free for one whole year!

So, to all parents, soon to be parents, family and friends......please hug your babies extra hard and please think about all the babies out there. Even if this post saves one baby, that is one family that does not have to mourn.

Happy birthday to my first miracle .... she is a strong little fighter!


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