‘I was watching her sleep next to me and realized it didn’t look right. I unbuttoned her and this is what I saw.’ Mom warns about the 1 cold symptom you shouldn’t ignore

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“It is a sign to get your baby or child to hospital.”As cold and flu season descends upon us, all moms know to be on the lookout for runny noses and sneezes. But one mom, Charlie O’Brien, shared an eye-opening video of another symptom that might be easy to miss — and could mean you need to rush your child to the doctor immediately.

Her 4-week-old, Luna, was sleeping soundly, but breathing unusually hard and deeply.

“I stumbled across this on my phone and thought it may be useful to share,” O’Brien wrote on Facebook. “When Luna was 4 weeks old she had a really quiet day of sleeping and barely any crying (unusual for Luna!) I was watching her sleep next to me and realized it didn’t look right. I unbuttoned her babygrow [onesie] and this is what I saw.”

EDIT 2: I am getting so many media requests from huge media organisations who work to make a profit. So if you are one of them & wish to use this content please make a donation to our chosen charity before sharing. Thanks in advance, Charlie xhttps://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/charlie-o-brien2EDIT NOTE: I can’t believe how far and wide this video has reached! So glad it’s helping.Ps this was a year ago and my baby is fine now, thanks for asking xx***I stumbled across this on my phone and thought it may be useful to share When Luna was 4 weeks old she had a really quiet day of sleeping and barely any crying (unusual for Luna!)I was watching her sleep next to me and realised it didn’t look right. I unbuttoned her babygrow and this is what i saw. Sucking in at ribs is a sign to get your baby or child to hospital. She had bronchiolitis and her oxygen levels were very low. Luckily after a night on oxygen she made a very good recovery. We’re heading into the dreaded season of non stop colds coughs and viruses so thought it was worth a mention xx

Posted by Charlie O'Brien on Thursday, September 20, 2018

The warning sign is the way her baby’s ribs are being sucked in as she breathes. 

“Sucking in at ribs is a sign to get your baby or child to hospital,” O’Brien urged. “She had bronchiolitis and her oxygen levels were very low. Luckily after a night on oxygen she made a very good recovery.”

The mother originally shared the video in preparation for cold season to help spread awareness.

This unusual type of breathing indicates respiratory distress. Other warning signs of infants in respiratory distress include: nasal flaring, chest retractions, tachypnea, and grunting, according to The American Academy of Pediatrics.

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