No matter how many parenting books you read, there’s some things in life that you don’t know how to handle unless you experience it firsthand. Luckily there are people out there documenting and recording their child’s every move, so when something out of the ordinary happens they post it on social media for other parents’ benefit.
This video clip of a baby having an asthma attack is something that everyone should see.
When Sophia Cachia and her family were on vacation her daughter, Florence, suddenly had trouble breathing. Florence was put in an ambulance and rushed off to the hospital where she was given oxygen therapy.
The blogger noticed her daughter experiencing similar symptoms as her son, who has asthma.
My brave girl. I know they're only little, but the look they give you when they're scared is something that haunts me, as I try to do my best to keep it together as their mumma. Florence appears to be exactly like her brother and suffers from breathing difficulties triggered with sudden changes of weather – either to cold, or to hot. Her first trip to the snow saw her suffer terribly, and now a trip to warm QLD results in being rushed in an ambulance at midnight. Petrifying, but as a parent you just have to run on auto pilot and get through…for them. My baby is home & doing much better today. Mumma is still rattled, but my babies come first. Thank you to Frances & @paradiseresortgc for your support xxx
Doctors told her to bring Florence back if she had trouble breathing again.
On the family’s last night of vacation Florence noticeably began to struggle to breathe. Cachia, who wrote on Instagram that she and her husband are not “doctors or trained professionals”, recognized that their daughter was sucking in air.
While the video clip can be alarming, it’s something all parents should see.
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
“The sucking in under her throat & her ribs means she’s working really hard to breathe,” Cachia wrote. “We used prior knowledge & listened to our gut.”
Cachia explained that she took the video shortly before her husband brought Florence back to the hospital. She wanted video proof of her daughter’s condition in case she started breathing normally at the hospital.
Florence has since received treatment and is doing well following the scare.
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America warns parents to look out for fast breathing, wheezing, difficulty sucking or eating, and tiredness, among other symptoms. However, there are many asthma triggers, and not every person who has asthma reacts the same way.
One thing that can trigger an asthmatic episode is the weather, which is what Cachia believes happened to Florence.
Many left comments on Cachia’s video thanking her for showing what it’s like when a child has an asthma attack. It’s one thing to read about it in a book or hear about another person’s experience, but it’s completely different when you’re able to see it happening.
The mother of two updated her Instagram post to say that Florence was doing well.