Baby Care

How My Baby Died From Severe Pneumonia



My baby was healthy. She had fever for two days and I was going to bring her to the doctor the next morning, but she started vomiting at midnight so we brought her to the hospital immediately.

When they got to the hospital, the medical staff hooked her baby to an IV, through which they gave her a medication to stop severe vomiting.

The next day, around noon, her baby started throwing up again. The medication didn’t work. She had asked for help, but there was only one nurse on duty as most of the staff had left to attend a party.



“We were calling out for help but no one helped us. I had to carry my child all the way to the emergency room because the doctors were there and we were in a ward,” she said, adding how her baby was struggling to breathe.

The only nurse on duty hooked her baby to a nebuliser, but it was too late. She recalls screaming for help, but they couldn’t save her baby.

Her baby, who she describes was perfectly healthy, had died because her lungs had filled up with phlegm, making it impossible for her to breathe.

Contrary to popular believe pneumonia is not caused by cold weather or getting wet but it is actually an infection. A cold or flu that gets worse can turn into pneumonia. That’s because the cold or flu will irritate the lungs, creating an environment where it’s easier for pneumonia germs to move in and start an infection.

  • The cause of pneumonia can either be fungi, bacterial, or viral.
  • It can be prevented through vaccination, proper nutrition, and through providing the proper environment: avoiding pollution and practicing good hygiene.
  • Exclusive breastfeeding during the first 6 months of life has also been found to help.
  • If the cause of the condition is bacterial in nature, it can be treated with antibiotics. Sadly, only 1/3 of children diagnosed with pneumonia receive the needed antibiotics.

Normally, pneumonia begins as a mild cough or sore throat, much like other respiratory infections.

  • fever (usually above 38.5°C)
  • shivering
  • cough
  • rapid breathing
  • wheezing
  • difficulty breathing
  • chest or abdominal pain
  • poor appetite
  • exhaustion
  • vomiting
  • dehydration

However, it’s important for parents to know that there is a type of pneumonia, or what is known as Walking Pneumonia, that is so mild and subtle that those who have it barely show any symptoms. Though not easily detected, it can be treated with antibiotics. 

Pneumonia can affect anyone of any age, if you notice any of these symptoms in your child or even yourself be sure to visit the hospital as soon as possible to get it treated.  

Source: The Asian Parent 

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Pacifier Safety Tips Every Mom Should Know



Pacifiers do a great job of soothing babies, not only that, they help in the prevention of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and what will parents do without pacifiers during air-travel and doctor visits? Pacifiers are therefore parent’s best friends, but parents have to be careful about the pacifiers they buy or use. Follow the tips given below and you’ll have no problem with pacifiers.

About pacifiers

Babies have a need to suck on anything that touches their lips or around their mouth, and pacifiers are clean and safe equipment to help soothe the baby.

A pacifier usually has three parts: a shield with holes for ventilation, a nipple or teat made of a soft elastic material, and a ring for holding the pacifier.

Safety tips for choosing the right pacifier

There are a lot of types of pacifiers to choose from, from plain ones to fancy ones. Choose the right pacifier for your little one by following these tips:



  • Age appropriate: Choose a pacifier that’s suitable for the age of your baby.Choosing a pacifier with teats that are too big or too small will pose the threat of choking to your child.
  • Design: Avoid pacifiers that have parts that get detached easily as they may become a choking hazard.
  • Ventilation: The ventilation holes in the shield should cover a minimum surface area of 20 sq. mm with at least two holes of 4 mm each. To be on the safe side, the area of the holes should be comparable to the nail of your small finger. Make sure that the holes are not obstructed.
  • Do not invent one! Do not make a pacifier of your own or use another object as a substitute. This is risky as your baby might choke on it or even swallow it.

When to replace a pacifier

This depends on how often your child sucks on it, pacifier nipples do wear down with age and use, so check the binky thoroughly before placing it in your baby’s mouth.

Also, when you notice that it’s discoloured, has holes, tears or weak spots that could cause the nipple to come off when your child suck on it, do not put it in your child’s mouth again it’s time to change it. Also, some nipples also become sticky with age.

Care of a pacifier

  • To prevent fungus, soak the pacifier in equal parts white vinegar and water for a few minutes once a day. Rinse well and air-dry completely.
  • And if your baby drops her pacifier on the floor, it’s fine to simply rinse it off in hot water and return it to her. (Don’t “rinse” it in your mouth.) If it falls on the road, it’s best to clean it in hot, soapy water. Carry an extra one when going out.

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