‘Just remember next time, my baby could be your baby’: Mom issues a stark warning to parents who send their sick children to school after her one-year-old was hospitalized for nearly A MONTH with RSV
- Carmen Bremiller, 27, from New York, begged parents to have caution when sending their sick kids to school
- She issued a star warning as she revealed all five of her children fell ill, but her one-year-old daughter Kinsley was hospitalized with RSV for three weeks
- She told Fox News Digital that Kinsley had to be put on a ventilator and is slowly recovering
- Carmen added that her family has launched a GoFundMe to help them with finances because they have been struggling since Kinsley’s hospitalization
- RSV is an extremely contagious illness that most children will experience prior to the age of two
A mom is issuing a star warning about sending your children to school sick after a recent respiratory syncytial virus outbreak left her children extremely ill and even saw them being hospitalized.
Carmen Bremiller, 27, from Barker, New York, begged parents to have caution when sending their sick kids to school as she has seen her daughters suffering from RSV for several weeks.
In an interview with Fox News Digital, the mom-of-five revealed that her children – Sophia, 10, Ashlynn, 6, Caroline, 4, Ava, 3, and Kinsley, 1 — all came home with a cold in early September after they returned in-person schooling for the first time following the COVID-19 pandemic.
She added that she kept her children home for a one week until they were feeling better, but by October, her daughters began to experience cold-like symptoms again.
Carmen Bremiller, 27, from New York, begged parents to have caution when sending their sick kids to school
She issued a star warning as she revealed all five of her children fell ill, but her one-year-old daughter Kinsley was hospitalized with RSV for three weeks
The children were suffering from fevers, mucus, and loss of appetite.
‘I called their doctor’s office and talked to the nurse, wanting them to be seen, 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 medicine to help ease the pain.
Because her children had been sick for so long, Carmen contacted her children’s doctor’s office again and voiced her concerns, but she was told their symptoms were connected to the cold they previously had.
Around October 6, Carmen revealed the local Head Start program where two of her daughters were enrolled, informed parents that there were confirmed cases of the flu, pink eye, croup, and RSV.
The mom-of-five then sent three of her daughters to urgent care where they were diagnosed with RSV.
‘My two middle children became pretty sick but got over it on their own and are doing much better. Unfortunately, my youngest daughter didn’t do so well with it,’ she told Fox News Digital.
One-year-old Kinsley experienced occasional fast breathing, however, Carmen said she didn’t seem to be in respiratory distress.
In an interview with Fox News Digital, the mom-of-five revealed that her children – Sophia, 10, Ashlynn, 6, Caroline, 4, Ava, 3, and Kinsley, 1 — all came home with a cold in early September
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 took her back to urgent care on October 12.
When medical staff examined Kinsley, they found that her oxygen levels were extremely low even after giving her an oxygen mask.
Carmen then said Kinsley was transferred to a children’s hospital in Buffalo via ambulance and that emergency room staff told the worried mom Kinsley had pneumonia as well as RSV.
The one-year-old’s left lung had water in it, so she was moved to the ICU and placed on a ventilator, but her condition worsened and doctors had to intubate and sedate her.
‘It was extremely hard seeing her like that.
‘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 take her in sooner? How could something like this happen so fast?’
Throughout her three-week hospitalization, Kinsley’s condition continued to worsen.
She had a temporary blood clot in her leg, a change in color when her oxygen levels dropped again, and signs of anemia, which required a blood transfusion.
On October 18, a mucus air plug got stuck in her airway.
‘She had low heart rate, low blood pressure and her oxygen level went down to 60%.
‘They gave her albuterol and that opened up her airways, got the mucus plug out and got her oxygen up.
‘They gave her some medicine to also help with her blood pressure. After that, she seemed stable but had a high heart rate,’ Carmen told Fox News Digital.
After many medications and breathing tests, Kinsley slowly began to recover.
‘On Oct. 29, my baby was officially off the ventilator,’ Carmen said, adding that Kinsley also came off the feeding tube, IVs, arterial lines and sedation medication.
Although Carmen said Kinsley is a ‘little fighter’, she admitted she was ‘extremely nervous with her being sick again so soon’
‘I cried as I was finally able 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 was 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’s on an inhaler four times a day. After about three months they will reevaluate.’
Kinsley is still being closely watched and on ‘a lot of different medications’ and has many follow-up appointments.
‘Kinsley has a long road ahead of her until she’s back to 100%,’ Carmen said.
Recently, Carmen’s other children have developed coughs and although the mom tried her best to keep Kinsley away, the one-year-old has been experiencing a mucus-filled cough and has trouble breathing.
Recently, Bremiller’s four other children have developed coughs; and while she tried her best to keep Kinsley away from that exposure, including removing her children from the Head Start program, Kinsley has been experiencing a mucus-filled cough and noisy breathing.
Kinsley’s oxygen levels are back up and she is now at around 95 per cent and is even eating and drinking as well.
‘As of Nov. 13, the nurse said her lungs sound clear, but thinks she could have croup now. They will still be coming out periodically to check in on her,’ Carmen added.
RSV is an extremely contagious illness that most children will experience prior to the age of two
The illness that could result in a tripledemic: What is RSV?
Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is a very common virus that almost all children become infected with by the age of two.
In older children and adults, RSV can trigger colds and coughs, but it can cause bronchiolitis in young children.
The virus is spread when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It can survive on a surface for up to 24 hours.
Children remain infectious for up to three weeks, even after their symptoms have passed.
RSV accounts for 450,000 GP appointments, 29,000 hospitalisations and 83 deaths per year among children in the UK.
In the US, it leads to around 58,000 hospitalisations and 100 to 500 deaths among children aged younger than five.
Although Carmen said Kinsley is a ‘little fighter’, she admitted she was ‘extremely nervous with her being sick again so soon.’
She told Fox News Digital that she wants parents to keep their children home from school if they are sick.
‘You may be frustrated and not able to find someone to watch them so you can work, but figure it out.
‘You may even blame the school for getting your child sick in the first place. 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’s contagious and harmful to other children.
‘My baby didn’t go to day care or school; her older sisters got sick from school and brought it home. Just know not everyone is your child and not everyone has the immune system your child has. Your child might be fine, but that doesn’t mean someone else’s will be. So, please think twice before sending your sick kids to school.’
‘Just remember next time, my baby could be your baby,’ she added.
Carmen noted that parents should take their sick children to a doctor as soon as possible, even if they aren’t experiencing worsened symptoms.
‘Even when we were at the hospital, I was in complete denial [as to] how sick she actually was. My only regret is not getting her there sooner.’
Carmen added that her family has launched a GoFundMe to help them with finances because they have been struggling with the loss of two incomes since Kinsley’s hospitalization.
‘I’ve never been the type to ask for handouts. My husband and I were both out of work while she was in the hospital, and we already live paycheck to paycheck with having five kids.
‘We weren’t expecting any of this to happen.’
Although the family applied and were approved for family medical leave, they have yet to receive it.
RSV is an extremely contagious illness that most children will experience prior to the age of two.
According to the CDC, 58,000 children under age five are hospitalized for RSV each year.
RSV also causes 100 to 500 deaths annually.
According to a joint press release, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and Children’s Hospital Association (CHA) requested President Joe Biden and Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra to declare a national emergency response to recent RSV and flu outbreaks.
The AAP and CHA noted that their request for emergency declaration is being granted due to the catastrophic threats of RSV.
Signs of RSV include rapid breathing, labored breathing, color changes such as pale or blue, nasal flaring and wheezing.
As RSV cases increase, many are worried about the potential of a tripledemic – as cases of RSV, COVID and the flu could cause potential threats.