Low Blood Oxygen Level
What does a low blood oxygen level notification mean?
A low blood oxygen level notification is generated by those changes detected by Liip Smart Monitor which may have an impact on the baby's or the child's health. In many occasions there is no reason for it to be detrimental to health. Only in case it prolongs or is repeated frequently on the same day, or the symptoms worsen, can it result in a more critical situation. Here are included from simple common catarrhal phases with mucus which may obstruct momentarily the airways to respiratory pathologies such as bronchiolitics, pneumonia, bronchitis, asthmatic shock, etc. Liip Smart Monitor detects in advance these situations and indicates what to do to prevent them.
What should you do at home?
- Maintain the child incorporated, this will help the child breath better.
- Nasal washes with physiological saline solution are needed, specially if there is mucus, preferably before eating and before sleeping.
- To avoid the child from becoming fatigued, the meals should be smaller and frequent. It is normal that the child is lacking appetite. Do not force the child to eat. Offer the child liquids frequently.
- Avoid dry environments or with smoke. It is generally advisable to use cool-mist humidifiers.
- Check if signs of respiratory distress appear.
- If you already visited the pedriatician, follow his instructions regarding the action, prescription and recommendation guidelines.
When should an emergency service be consulted?
- If the baby is depressed or very irritable.
- If the child becomes very fatigued with the meals, hardly eats.
- It the child turns purple or pale.
- If the child breathes worse: breaths faster each time, the ribs are marked, moves the abdomen a lot, the breast collapses or stops breathing. In case the baby has asthma and has a medication, remember to follow the administration instructions the pedriatician gave for the treatment and take to emergencies the inhalation chamber the child uses normally.
- When the baby has difficulty to swallow, which has an effect on its feeding or respiration.
* This information is an excerpt from the Information Sheets for parents of the Spanish Pediatric Emergency Society and the Pediatric Emergency Protocols, you can find the information in full: