Child Of The Month

By Nicole Sergent

Kimberly Anahi B. P.

 

child oct2015She is four-years old, an only child, and lives with her family in Mezcala. She was born with Infant Respiratory Distress Syndrome.

Her family brought her to our clinic in Chapala when she was 3 months old.

Although most babies with this syndrome are premature, she was not. Other factors can influence the chances of developing the disease. These include the following:

Caucasian or male babies

Caesarean delivery

Perinatal asphyxia (lack of air immediately before, during or after birth)

Cold stress (a condition that suppresses surfactant production)

Perinatal infection

What are the symptoms:

While each baby may experience symptoms differently, some of the most common symptoms include: difficulty breathing at birth that gets progressively worse

cyanosis (blue coloring)

flaring of the nostrils

tachypnea (rapid breathing)

grunting sounds with breathing

chest retractions (pulling in at the ribs and sternum during)

Symptoms usually peak by the third day and may resolve quickly when your baby begins to diurese (excrete excess water in urine) and needs less oxygen and mechanical help to breathe.

Kimberly has had therapy at Teleton since she was born. Her mother takes her there 4 times a week.  When she was younger she could not play outside, go up stairs, walk a long distance, run…because of her lungs.  After nearly four years of therapy her doctors have told her parents this month that after one more year of therapy (in 2016) she will be able to live a normal life and do all the things that children do.  Ninos Incapacitados has reimbursed the family 21,000 pesos. This includes medicine and transport to and from Chapala to Teleton. As Director of the Chapala clinic, thank you for this opportunity to present Kimberly. Please note that Ninos Incapacitados regular monthly meetings are on the second Thursday of the month at the hotel Real de Chapala in Ajijic at 10:00am. We have three clinics: Jocotepec, Ajijic and Chapala. Should you want to visit, do not hesitate to contact Barb Corol for Jocotepec (376-766-5452) or Nicole Sergent for Ajijic and Chapala (376-766-4375). To learn more about Ninos Incapacitados, please visit our website at: www.programaninos.org

 

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