My baby boy was born on April 15 via c-section at gestation age 38 weeks and 2 days. Immeditalely after birth, he was brought to the nursery since his APGAR score was with a normal range.
An hour after being at the nursery, my husband went to take a look at him and found that he was suffocating on mucus and amnoctic fluid. He was then iimeditaltey brought to the NICU for observation. Over the next 3 days, he was coughing up more amnotic fluid. Doctor told us this was normal for a newborn via c-section.
Unfortunately, once his secretion cleared, by the 3rd day, the nurses were trying to bottle feed him and notices that he wasnt swallowing - sucking - breathing properly. His respositiory is irregular and he keeps gagging on his salivia, he just wouldnt swallow.
Its now been almost 2 weeks since hes at the NICU and the doctors ran all different type of tests, MRI, cardiac, blood and etc and found nothing wrong with him.
The next step is the swallow test, but they are refusing to conduct it since his respiratory is irregular. I spoke with the doctor regarding that and they all mention his respiratory is irregular even when he is sleeping peacefully, but he is not struggling to breathe so its fine. They are afriad that the test will not indicate much since he simply wont even swallow salavia and that he might aspirate due to his iiregular respository.
Im not sure what to do at this point. Anyone gone through similar issue with their newborn?
Im still thinking its a behavioral issue - he was tramatize from the suffocation and relates all liquid as a foreign agent which will suffocate him.
Im really hoping he doesnt need tube feeding. He is able to suck and breathe, but he just wont swallow.