Watch: This is what an asthma attack looks like when it happens to a baby

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One mother bravely shared the video of her little one struggling with asthma, in an attempt to spread awareness about this condition.

Sophie Cacha, a mom and a blogger from Australia recently shared a video of her 9-month-old baby Florence having an asthma attack.

The video was shared on Instragram, where it quickly drew reactions from netizens.


After being taken in an ambo on our second night and told to come back to the hospital anytime we weren't sure, this is what we took her back for on our last night. No, we're not doctors or trained professionals, but with Bobby being an asthmatic (and has been hospitalized multiple times with asthma attacks), we're well aware of the signs to look for. The sucking in under her throat & her ribs means she's working really hard to breathe. We used prior knowledge & listened to our gut and Jaryd took her in just before bed time. Lucky, because the poor thing spent the night hooked up to oxygen. I only took this video just before they left in case she got to the hospital and was breathing fine, I always prefer to have something to show them upon arrival. PS: @tinyheartsfirstaid your training comes in to play more than I notice ???❤️ Update: Florence is doing VERY well and loving being back in her own bed. Thank you again for all the love. Xxx

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According to Sophie, she and her family were on vacation when little Florence started having trouble breathing. She shares, "The sucking in under her throat and her ribs means she’s working really hard to breathe. We used prior knowledge and listened to our gut and Jaryd took her in just before bed time."

She added that she took the video in order to have something to show the doctors at the hospital in case Sophie was already breathing fine if they arrived at the hospital. According to Sophie, they took Florence to the hospital a few days before, for the exact same problem, and was told to take her little one back if it happened again.

Little Florence spent the night hooked up to an oxygen tank in the hospital.

What are the signs of asthma?

For moms and dads, it's important to be able to know the symptoms of asthma should they happen to your little one. Here are some of the signs that you need to watch out for:

  • Fast breathing
  • Working harder to breathe (nostrils flaring, skin is sucking in around and between ribs or above the sternum, or exaggerated belly movement)
  • Panting with normal activities such as playing
  • Wheezing (a whistling sound)
  • Persistent coughing
  • Difficulty sucking or eating
  • Tiredness, not interested in normal or favorite activities
  • Very pale or blue coloring in face, lips and/or fingernails

A few of these signs can clearly be seen in Sophie's video, such as fast breathing, and working hard to breathe.

If your little one shows any of these signs, make sure to immediately take them to the doctor.


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