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Date : 08-Apr-2014
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User:My 2 year old got up in the middle of the night and wanted a sip of water, he was half asleep when he was drinking it, and some may have went down the wrong way because he not really lost his breathe for a min but kinda but didn't cough or nothing. Do you think I need to go get him checked out or do you think he is fine?
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Doctor:Hi there. Just read your question. Sorry to hear about your son.
Doctor:How is he breathing now?
User:He is breathing fine, he went back to sleep, I guess I am just worrying too much.
Doctor:Is he breathing comfortably now?
Doctor:That's OK. He's your Son. You're gonna be worrying for awhile i guess *like the next 16 years...)
User:Yes he really didn't lose his breathe it was more like he shallow too much at one time or something that lasted like a second
Doctor:I wouldn't worry about it too much. If some water DID go down the wrong pipe then his lung would have been irritated and he would have coughed and spluttered
User:so since he didn't cough, you don't think any water got into his lungs?
Doctor:I'm thinking it more likely that he just filled up his tiny stomach pretty fast as it was pressing against his diaphragm. that would make him breath shallow for a few minutes
Doctor:Yhea, see as long as he has no major neurological problems, the cough reflex of the lung protects aginst stuff like this
User:He does not have any problems, I just didn't know since he was like half asleep if his reflects would know to still work, if that makes any
User:any since*
Doctor:Those reflexes work even in your sleep. They're not really controlled by the brain. They are controlled by the upper spinal cord and Brain Stem.
User:Ok well thanks, just wanted to make sure I didn't need to take him to the doctor.
Doctor:No worries. I'm glad I could help
Doctor:Is there anything else I can help you with?
User:Let me ask you this, my son fell and hit his head back in December, I took him to the hospital and the doctor pressed on it and he said nothing was broken or nothing, but now sometimes when he is watching tv he will sit with his hands behind his head, do you think that is just something he is doing or do you think something is bothering him
Doctor:Childrens skulls are not fully formed at that age. They haven't even fused yet
Doctor:So when he falls the different skull bones will act like the crumple zone in a car and absorb the shock channeling it away from the brain
Doctor:So from the severity of the injury as you have mentioned, i don't think that anything is wrong. But if he keeps worrying that area in the future, then you might want to take him back and get an ultrasound done. That should clear up any doubts
User:Ok just wondering cause he doesn't quite tell me yet if something is bothering him, it's a guessing game for me
User:Ok thanks !
Doctor:I get it. My sis's two year old is a bundle of confusion too.
Doctor:Is there anything else I can help you with?
User:No that will be all. Thanks for the help, maybe I can rest now, I promise I am not crazy just a worried parent when things happen to my baby.
Doctor:I totally get it
Doctor:You try and get some rest ok?
Doctor:Take care!
User:Ok thanks!
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