Before I get into this I want to give a little background. Ever since Carter was born he has seemed to breath a little funny. I was told by my doctors that there was nothing to worry about and it was normal. Now I have been around a lot of babies... and I have never heard a baby breath as Carter does. So, as a naturally paranoid person, I worried my little head off constantly about him. His oxygen level was always normal and there was no apparent reason to worry.
We found some mold growing in our apartment- around all the bedroom windows- thick black mold, which was disturbing to me. ( I won't get into that story) I was doing some research on what mold can cause in infants and the main thing was asthma. SO we took Carter to his new doctor (we had just switched insurances)and she said to give it a week with us putting nasal drops in his nose throughout the day (to rule out simple congestion)... We went back and she told us to take him to an ENT. Which, of course, freaked me out again.
The ENT was very nice and helpful. The first thing they did was put s scope up his nose so that they could get a good look at his voice box. Carter hated this, and cried the whole time. :( After that they did x-rays of his chest and neck. He hated this even more... What we found out was that he has Laryngomalacia and Reactive airways. "Laryngomalacia is a congenital softening of the tissues of the larynx (voice box) above the vocal cords. This is the most common cause of noisy breathing in infancy. The laryngeal structure is malformed and floppy, causing the tissues to fall over the airway opening and partially block it.
For most infants, laryngomalacia is not a serious condition — they have noisy breathing, but are able to eat and grow. For these infants, laryngomalacia will resolve without surgery by the time they are 18 to 20 months old." Our ENT says he has a mild case and he doesn't think that Carter will need surgery! We go back in January.
Reactive airways is a general term that means his airways are a little swollen or inflamed.(But it is also a good indicator of asthma-which can't be diagnosed until they are 6 years of age) His next x-ray will tell us more.
I am just very glad that he is healthy and happy. He is growing well and making a lot of progress. He doesn't let the breathing issues slow him down in the least! He is such a happy baby! We are so lucky!
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