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    Default Help with croup?

    My 8 month old woke up last night struggling to breath with barking like cough. First time this has happened so I called out a doctor thinking it could be a chest infection. Kept him upright to help with the breathing, turned on vapouriser, and gave Panadol to help settle him. It was quite scary as he seemed to be gasping for breath. 3 hours later the doctor turned up just after I got him to sleep. He told me not to wake him and listened to his chest which was clear. I tried to explain his symptoms but all the doctor could see was a peaceful sleeping baby. So frustrating! He said to record it next time... Yeh sure... Said could be flem in throat, asthma( father has it) or croup but didn't seem worried at all. I asked if he would come back tomorrow night if it happened again and he said not necessary he will get better on his own. I googled his symptoms and pretty sure it's croup.
    He seems fine now other than noisy breathing and raspy throat. If it is croup will it get worse again tonight? Any suggestions? Thanx

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    My experience with croup... It will probably get bad again tonight.

    My DD had croup when she was 4 months old and a couple doses of predmix (prescription) and she was well on the mend.

    My suggestion, go to a doc today and get a prescription for predmix.

    Hope your LO feels better soon!!

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    You poor thing and your poor DS. If it happens again tonight and he's gasping for breath then I would take him straight to the hospital. My DD got croup for the first time recently and she was given some medication as well as a mask with stuff to breathe in which fixed her up in about 2 mins. They told us if it happened again the next night (and that there was a big chance it could) then to just call an ambulance. They have the right medication to give so saves time.

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    Here's a fact sheet from the Royal Children's Hospital

    http://www.rch.org.au/kidsinfo/facts...fm?doc_id=3719

    Please do not take notice of anyone that suggests steam

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    Quote Originally Posted by WorkingClassMum View Post
    Here's a fact sheet from the Royal Children's Hospital

    http://www.rch.org.au/kidsinfo/facts...fm?doc_id=3719

    Please do not take notice of anyone that suggests steam
    May i ask why?
    I use thr vapouriser for my ds and it is the ONLY non medicational thing that eases his symptoms every single time he gets croup (3 times last winter and one already this winter )

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nemmi View Post
    May i ask why?
    I use thr vapouriser for my ds and it is the ONLY non medicational thing that eases his symptoms every single time he gets croup (3 times last winter and one already this winter )

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    Steam is contra-indicated by the RCH etc as studies by Drs etc have proven that not only does it not help in most cases, in some cases steam makes things worse, and more kids have been burnt than ever helped by steam.

    Croup causes inflammation, the application of heat makes inflammation worse

    As breathing is an issue, extra moisture cannot be expelled as it normally would, and increases the chances of other respiratory problems.

    I give my son who is now 11 an icy pole - it keeps his fluids up, distracts him from what's going on and soothes the inflammation.

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    If he has a barking cough then it is most likely croup. It may well get worse again, and if it does then I would take him to the hospital. They will prescribe steroids (if it is croup). Steroids usually work extremely quickly, I'm talking massive improvement in 4-6 hours.

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    Good news is croup only tends to last about 3-5 days, with night 3 being the worst. Give neurofen instead of panadol, it helps take down the inflammation in the throat better (made a HUGE difference for my DD when she had it a month ago). Offer sips of water to soothe the throat and try to calm him quickly (easier said than done) so he's not coughing too long as it makes it worse.

    You only need to take him to the ER if he's having trouble breathing, lips go blue etc. If he goes back to sleep after a coughing fit then he's probably OK.

    Don't forget that the virus he has is contagious for as long as he has the cough.

    Hope he gets better quickly for you

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    Thanks ladies. I managed to get him in to see a doc today who confirmed croup and gave me the medication. Fingers crossed it works! Thanks for your advise.


 

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