Mom Panics When Baby Stops Breathing In Carseat

As parents, we want to ensure that our children are well taken care of. We set up a safe area for them to be at home and when we take them out of the car, we make sure that we have them securely strapped into a car seat.

In fact, we trust the car seat to care for our children but as you are about to learn, it doesn’t always do the job it is supposed to do. That is what a Scottish mother discovered after having her baby in the car seat for two hours.

Kristi and Christopher Clark had taken a ride and they had the three-week-old baby in a car seat for an extended amount of time. Unfortunately, when they discovered the problem, their baby was foaming at the mouth because she suffered from oxygen deprivation. Even though they took her out when they stopped, it wasn’t enough.

Harper, their little girl was in the car seat for a long time because they were stuck in traffic. They took her out and gave her some tummy time on the mat but they knew something wasn’t right.

Kristi said: “When we got home it was way past Malena’s bedtime so brought Harper in her car seat and she stayed in there for 15 minutes as we got Malena into bed.”

Unfortunately, they got stuck in traffic and by the time they got home, they took Harper, their baby out of the mat so she could play on her mat.

She could tell something was wrong right away.

“When we got home it was way past Malena’s bedtime so brought Harper in her car seat and she stayed in there for 15 minutes as we got Malena into bed,” Kirsti recalled, according to the Daily Record.

“My husband got Harper out and put her on his knee but she looked like she couldn’t get comfy so he laid her down on her mat and she was kicking about. I told him her lips looked blue and then he pointed out how red her cheeks were.”

Harper was foaming at the mouth and nose and her lips were blue.

“It was so scary. My husband was holding her and patting her back and I was trying to get her mouth open to make sure she didn’t swallow her tongue but her jaw was clenched shut,” Kirsti recalled. “It wasn’t like a normal seizure, she was arching her back and throwing her head back.”

They quickly went to the hospital but it was a scary ride, to say the least.

“The car journey was horrendous. I was trying to make sure she was breathing but I was shaking so much I couldn’t tell. My husband kept asking if she was breathing and I just had to say ‘I don’t know,’” she recalls.

“She kept closing her eyes and I was trying to keep her awake but then they would glaze over. My wee girl was so panicked as well. The whole way there all I could think was ‘we are going to lose her’. I can’t even talk about it without getting upset.”

Harper was revived when they got to the hospital by the medical staff. She is recovering nicely but they did learn more about why she had the problem.

Harper had suffered from severe oxygen deprivation because she was in the car seat for two hours. When she was put on the mat, the increase in oxygen made her have a seizure.

The doctor said that this is an issue with any child and it could be a problem if they spend more than an hour in the car seat.

“When the consultant told us it was the car seat I couldn’t believe it. I thought ‘there’s no way’. I couldn’t understand why nobody had ever told us. We had obviously heard about not keeping babies in car seats overnight because it causes curvature of the spine but not about anything like this,” she said.

Kristi once mothers everywhere to know about this issue so that they don’t have the same problem.

“I would tell every parent to just really carefully watch their babies and if they don’t absolutely need to be in the car seat take them out because it is not worth what we had to go through,” she said.

Source: Daily Record

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