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Author: Kene Maduemem / Editor: Jessie Lynch / Codes: Published: 20/12/2023

A 10-week-old term infant is brought to the childrens emergency department (ED) following a floppy episode and very shallow breathing. Parents blew into her face and pressed on her chest several times. It lasted for about 30-45 seconds. The infant subsequently let out a loud cry, going red in the face. There was no vomiting.

The infant was breast fed 2 hours before the floppy episode. She had a similar episode at 4 weeks, but it only lasted for about 10 seconds. She is the only child.

Normal observations are recorded by the paramedic crew.

Observations at triage:

  • Oxygen saturations 98% in room air
  • Temperature 36.80C
  • Heart rate 148 beats/min
  • Respiratory rate 32 breaths/min.

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