A mum is seeking to raise awareness of one of Britain’s biggest killers.
The comments from the concerned mother come after her baby daughter nearly died of sepsis.
The life-threatening condition affects thousands every year in the UK.
And Katie Louise Goulbourn is urging fellow parents to research the signs and symptoms.
She says, if she had known what sepsis was and how it develops, she could have acted sooner.
Her daughter, Chloe, was taken ill in January.
The tot is not yet aged one – but was taken ill in January after initially going of her food and being a bit unsettled.
Within four hours she was “fighting for her life”, she says.
Katie is now sharing a video of Chloe prior to her hospitalisation in the hopes it will help other families, reports CornwallLive.
Some of the symptoms were there, but Katie did not recognise them.
She said of the symptoms: “Grunting noises when breathing – it started off sounding very normal, like she was trying to poo, and gradually escalated to the sounds you hear in the video.
“Struggling to breathe – notice how Chloe’s stomach is being drawn in beneath her ribs as she breathes. Signs could also be chest dropping and head bobbing with each breath.
She said of the video: “This is Chloe at 3.53pm on Tuesday, January 16. By 5pm she was in resuscitation with 10+ medical professionals doing everything to keep her alive.”
“Watching this video brings back all the fear from that night, however if I had known the symptoms that Chloe was displaying that afternoon were life threatening, I could have acted quicker.
“Chloe went from being ‘off her food and a bit unsettled’ to fighting for her life in under 4 hours.
“This was an extremely difficult and personal time for our family, one we have thought long and hard about sharing. Ultimately we decided that if it makes one parent check symptoms quicker – then something good can come from sharing this.”
The video has been viewed more than one million times so far.
Chloe is now on the mend.
“After a week in hospital with around the clock monitoring, countless tests and endless antibiotics/fluid pumped around her little body, and with the biggest thank you to 50+ NHS employees, Chloe is now home and doing well,” said Katie.
“Though she be but little, she is fierce – although we should say feisty, as described by many nurses and doctors.”
Sepsis remains a bigger killer than breast, bowel, prostate cancer and road traffic accidents combined but, with more knowledge of the symptoms, lives could be saved.
It comes after the parents of a 12-year-old boy in the Midlands were left heartbroken after their son died just three days after going to the doctors and being diagnosed with a viral infection.
Parents Phil and Sarah Day are urging other mums and dads to be aware of the killer condition sepsis.
The parents of Dylan Day took their son to see a GP after he was sick and reported a headache and sore throat.
He was diagnosed with a viral flu B illness, but not sepsis – a rare but life-threatening complication of infections.
Just hours later he began breathing erratically and was rushed to hospital near his family home in Cellarhead, Stoke, according to the Stoke Sentinel .
His condition deteriorated and he was then transferred to Alder Hey children’s hospital for specialist treatment.
He died on the evening of Saturday, January 20, despite what his parents called the “tireless” efforts of staff at the Liverpool hospital.
Now the family are warning other parents to ask health professionals more questions about the dangers of sepsis.
Early symptoms in children aged five and older include a high temperature, chills and shivering, a fast heartbeat and rapid breathing.
More severe symptoms can include dizziness, confusion, diarrheoa, nausea, slurred speech, mottled skin, severe breathlessness and muscle pain.
What causes sepsis?
According to the NHS, sepsis or septicaemia, is triggered by an infection or injury.
The body’s immune system begins to work in overdrive to combat infection, which can lead to a reduced blood supply to vital organs.
What are the symptoms?
The NHS have released a list of symptoms to look out for, from early signs of the disease to symptoms of septic shock.
Early symptoms of sepsis may include:
- a high temperature (fever) or low body temperature
- chills and shivering
- a fast heartbeat
- fast breathing
Symptoms of more severe sepsis or septic shock (when your blood pressure drops to a dangerously low level) can develop soon after.
These can include:
- feeling dizzy or faint
- a change in mental state, such as confusion or disorientation
- nausea and vomiting
- slurred speech
- severe muscle pain
- severe breathlessness
- less urine production than normal (for example, not urinating for a day)
- cold, clammy and pale or mottled skin
- loss of consciousness
How is sepsis treated?
The early stages of sepsis can be treated with antibiotics at home. The prognosis for these people is good, with most making a full recovery.
As the disease progresses, people will need to be admitted to hospital – even an intensive care unit.
Treatment at hospital involves:
- giving antibiotics
- giving fluids intravenously
- giving oxygen if levels are low
- treating the source of the infection
- increase blood pressure
Who’s at risk?
Anyone can develop sepsis if they have an injury or infection.
However there are people who are more vulnerable to the disease, like people with a weak immune system, people already in hospital with a serious illness, the very young, the very old and people who have just had surgery or been in an accident.
Source : BirminghamMail