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New York mom whose baby struggled with RSV has an urgent message for parents

A mom issues a star alert to send your kids to school sick after a recent outbreak of the respiratory syncytial virus left her kids extremely sick and even sent them to the hospital.

Carmen Bremiller, 27, of Barker, New York, pleaded with parents to be careful when sending their sick children to school as she has seen her daughters suffer from RSV for several weeks.

In an interview with Fox News digitalthe mum-of-five revealed that her kids — Sophia, 10, Ashlynn, 6, Caroline, 4, Ava, 3, and Kinsley, 1 — all came home with colds in early September after returning to face-to-face education for the first time after the COVID-19 pandemic.

She added that she kept her children home for a week until they felt better, but by October her daughters had begun to experience cold-like symptoms again.

Carmen Bremiller, 27, from New York, pleaded with parents to be careful when sending their sick children to school

Carmen Bremiller, 27, from New York, pleaded with parents to be careful when sending their sick children to school

She issued a star alert when she revealed that all five of her children fell ill, but her one-year-old daughter Kinsley was hospitalized for three weeks with RSV

She issued a star alert when she revealed that all five of her children fell ill, but her one-year-old daughter Kinsley was hospitalized for three weeks with RSV

She issued a star alert when she revealed that all five of her children fell ill, but her one-year-old daughter Kinsley was hospitalized for three weeks with RSV

The children suffered from fever, phlegm and lack of appetite.

“I called their doctor’s office and spoke to the nurse, I wanted to see them but was told they just had a cold and to treat it as such. So that’s what I did,” she added.

Three of her daughters, all under the age of five, had high fevers, so Carmen gave them over-the-counter medications to ease the pain.

Because her children had been sick for so long, Carmen contacted the pediatrician again and expressed her concerns, but she was told that their symptoms were related to the cold they had previously.

Around October 6, Carmen revealed the local Head Start program where two of her daughters were enrolled, informing parents that there were confirmed cases of flu, pink eye, croup, and RSV.

The mother-of-five then sent three of her daughters to the emergency room where they were diagnosed with RSV.

“My two middle kids got pretty sick but got over it on their own and are doing much better. Unfortunately, my youngest daughter didn’t handle it very well,” she told Fox News Digital.

One-year-old Kinsley had occasional rapid breathing, but Carmen said she didn’t appear to be short of breath.

In an interview with Fox News Digital, the mother-of-five revealed that her children — Sophia, 10, Ashlynn, 6, Caroline, 4, Ava, 3, and Kinsley, 1 — all came home with colds in early September

In an interview with Fox News Digital, the mother-of-five revealed that her children — Sophia, 10, Ashlynn, 6, Caroline, 4, Ava, 3, and Kinsley, 1 — all came home with colds in early September

In an interview with Fox News Digital, the mother-of-five revealed that her children — Sophia, 10, Ashlynn, 6, Caroline, 4, Ava, 3, and Kinsley, 1 — all came home with colds in early September

She told Fox News Digital that Kinsley had to be put on a ventilator and is slowly recovering

She told Fox News Digital that Kinsley had to be put on a ventilator and is slowly recovering

She told Fox News Digital that Kinsley had to be put on a ventilator and is slowly recovering

Soon after, Kinsley stopped drinking fluids completely, and Carmen returned her to the emergency room on October 12.

When medical personnel examined Kinsley, they found that her oxygen level was extremely low, even after putting her on an oxygen mask.

Carmen then said that Kinsley had been taken by ambulance to a children’s hospital in Buffalo and that emergency room staff had told the concerned mother that Kinsley had both pneumonia and RSV.

There was water in the one-year-old’s left lung, so she was taken to the ICU and put on a ventilator, but her condition worsened and doctors had to intubate and anesthetize her.

“It was extremely difficult to see her like this.

“With a tube down her throat, completely unconscious, and all kinds of lines and IVs. I tried not to cry.

‘I felt responsible. How could I not know how sick she was? Why didn’t I include her sooner? How could something like this happen so quickly?’

During her three-week hospitalization, Kinsley’s condition continued to deteriorate.

She had a temporary blood clot in her leg, a change of color when her oxygen level dropped again, and signs of anemia, which required a blood transfusion.

On October 18, a mucus plug entered her airway.

“She had a low heart rate, low blood pressure and her oxygen level dropped to 60%.

“They gave her albuterol and that opened her airways, took out the mucus plug and provided oxygen.

“They gave her some medicine to help with her blood pressure as well. After that she seemed stable, but had a high heart rate,” Carmen told Fox News Digital.

After many medications and breath tests, Kinsley slowly began to recover.

“On Oct. 29, my baby was officially off the ventilator,” Carmen said, adding that Kinsley was also off the feeding tube, IVs, arterial lines, and sedation medications.

While Carmen said Kinsley is a “little fighter,” she admitted she was “extremely nervous about being sick again so soon.”

“I cried when I finally got to hold her again after two and a half weeks, which felt like years.”

Kinsley was hospitalized for a total of 24 days and returned home on November 4.

“This whole experience has been an up and down rollercoaster for Kinsley,” Carmen told Fox News Digital.

Kinsley’s official diagnosis was RSV, pneumonia, acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), and now asthma.

“She gets an inhaler four times a day. They re-evaluate after about three months.’

Kinsley continues to be closely monitored and is on “many different medications” and has many follow-up appointments.

“Kinsley has a long road ahead of her until she’s 100% again,” said Carmen.

Recently, Carmen’s other children have started coughing and although the mother did her best to keep Kinsley away, the year-old suffers from a mucus-filled cough and is having trouble breathing.

Recently, Bremiller’s four other children developed coughs; and while she did her best to keep Kinsley away from that exposure, including removing her children from the Head Start program, Kinsley suffers from a mucus-filled cough and noisy breathing.

Kinsley’s oxygen level is back up and she is now around 95 percent and even eating and drinking.

As of November 13, the nurse said her lungs sound clear, but she thinks she may have croup now. They’ll still come by every now and then to check on her,’ Carmen added.

RSV is an extremely contagious disease that most children will experience before the age of two

RSV is an extremely contagious disease that most children will experience before the age of two

RSV is an extremely contagious disease that most children will experience before the age of two

The disease that can lead to a tripledemic: what is RSV?

Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is a common virus that infects almost all children by the age of two.

In older children and adults, RSV can cause colds and coughs, but in young children it can cause bronchiolitis.

The virus is spread when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It can survive on a surface for up to 24 hours.

Children remain contagious for up to three weeks, even after their symptoms have cleared.

RSV accounts for 450,000 GP appointments, 29,000 hospital admissions and 83 child deaths per year in the UK.

In the US, it leads to approximately 58,000 hospitalizations and 100 to 500 deaths among children under the age of five.

Although Carmen said Kinsley is a “little fighter,” she admitted she was “extremely nervous because she’s sick again so soon.”

She told Fox News Digital that she wants parents to keep their children home from school when they are sick.

“You may be frustrated and can’t find anyone to watch them so you can work, but figure it out.

“Maybe you can even blame the school for your child getting sick. And that may be true, but it doesn’t make it right or OK to knowingly send your child to school with a virus that is contagious and harmful to other children.

‘My baby hasn’t been to nursery or school; her older sisters got sick from school and brought it home. Just know that not everyone is your child and not everyone has the immune system that your child has. Your child may be fine, but that doesn’t mean someone else’s will be too. So please think twice before sending your sick children to school.”

“Next time remember my baby can be your baby,” she added.

Carmen noted that parents should take their sick children to a doctor as soon as possible, even if they don’t experience worsened symptoms.

“Even when we were in the hospital, I was in complete denial [as to] how sick she really was. My only regret is that I didn’t take her there sooner.”

Carmen added that her family has launched a GoFundMe to help them with finances as they struggle with the loss of two incomes since Kinsley’s hospitalization.

“I’ve never been the type to ask for alms. My husband and I were both out of work while she was in the hospital, and we’re already living paycheck to paycheck with five kids.

“We didn’t expect all of this to happen.”

Although the family has applied for and approved family medical leave, they have not yet received it.

RSV is an extremely contagious disease that most children will experience before the age of two.

According to the CDC, 58,000 children under the age of five are hospitalized for RSV each year.

RSV also causes 100 to 500 deaths each year.

According to an joint press releasethe American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Children’s Hospital Association (CHA) requested President Joe Biden and Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra to declare a national emergency over recent RSV and flu outbreaks.

The AAP and CHA noted that their request for an emergency declaration is being granted due to the catastrophic threat of RSV.

Symptoms of RSV include rapid breathing, labored breathing, color changes such as pale or blue, nasal paralysis, and wheezing.

As the number of RSV cases increases, many are concerned about the potential of a tripledemic – as cases of RSV, COVID and flu may pose potential threats.

Source: Dailymail

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