How can parenting be made easier when your child has a number of life-threatening respiratory conditions?
This question is especially relevant to parents like Michelle Jade Cox, whose son has chronic asthma on top of central and obstructive sleep apnea.
Michelle recounts a time when he was about 6 months old. After putting him to sleep, she was later horrified to find his entire body lifted up, contorting painfully as he gasped for air.
He currently sleeps on the sofa so that Michelle can watch over him until she goes to bed.
Consumed by worry, however, Michelle finds herself waking up every so often to check on her son and make sure he is breathing.
Having a monitoring system would thus give Michelle the security to put him straight to bed.
It would allow her moments to rest and recharge since she can tend to her son whenever she is notified that he has stopped breathing, as opposed to being on-guard 24/7.
Additionally, a monitoring system would help collect more data to show his consultants so that they can better tailor treatment plans to suit Michelle’s son.
Thank you, Michelle, for sharing your experiences to remind other parents not to take their children’s health for granted.
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Another parent relates to staying awake at night to keep vigil over her son, who has recurring unresponsive episodes. Read more about it here.