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    Default 10 month old with croup

    Hi, my 10 month old DD has just been diagnosed with croup after a terrible night of coughing and struggling to breathe. She's also getting two teeth so she's miserable!!

    The doctor prescribed steroids, 2ml each morning. Just wondering if there are other tips you mummy's have to help your children or babies with croup? She's our third child but first time we've ever had croup so any ideas would be greatly appreciated.

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    Must have been the night for it! Thanks missie mack, I'll definitely try the ice.
    So going by what you said I shouldn't worry about a vaporiser? I've just been googling and have read conflicting advise about steam?
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    We always used steam with my daughter's croup, but the big issue with those humidifiers was the possibility of making things worse because of mold/mildew, so really a steamed up bathroom worked wonders. Croup cough can get kick started by cold, dry air, and warm, moist air can help calm the throat spasm down.
    Prolonged periods aren't advised, but then again if already on steroidal medication that will be for the 3 days and it should be over with after that! It's not something you tend to do without cause.... Come on kids let's hop into a steamed up room when no one is coughing.....

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    I second the ice and ibuprofen and I also strongly disagree with steam. The RCH advise people to not use steam.

    DS still gets croup (yep at 12yo) but most kids grow out of it by about 7ish. We use ibuprofen to reduce the swelling, ice to reduce swelling, ease the throat and distract the child and we sometimes use dry cough mixture to ease the throat tickle.

    We go to the GP as soon as we can for steroids as DS is always worse the second night and generally much better the third night.

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    I second the time for it. I am my four kids are sick, two have bad croup. It has been a nightmare. And some scary breathing episodes. ugh.

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    Hmm, you aren't supposed to use ibuprofen with asthma, any other ideas?

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    I'd just use the Predmix and nothing else medication wise. It's strong (much stronger than the other stuff) and it usually works. Definitely the time for it - my ds woke up with it this morning - 3rd bout in 4 months! And he's 6.5 years old! grrr! (most kids have long since grown out of Croup by 6!).

    My ds had Predmix at 7am this morning (shortly after he woke up with it - it's a blessing he didn't wake up in the middle of the night this time!) and he had a 2nd dose at 4pm and he was dreadful until about 5pm. Since 5 he's made a big improvement with much less coughing, less hoarse voice and no more squeaking. At 5pm we thought he'd definitely be staying home tomorrow from school and now I think he'll be able to go if he sleeps ok.

    The thing about Predmix is it has side effects including intense hunger (ds ate twice his usual dinner tonight and as he's a growing boy that was A LOT of food!), irritability/mood swings, and increased energy/harder to get to sleep (but my ds seems to sleep well after Predmix usually cause he's lost sleep the night before). Although the side effects are annoying it works well and nothing else does (don't use steam it is not recommended for a lot of reasons particularly for causing burns to tired parents & kids).

    I hope you have a better night tonight. The first night is usually the worst for us by far (including one ambulance trip to emergency at midnight!) and then by night #2 things are pretty settled.

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    My boys are both going thru it as well at the moment. I put the heater on in their room, the warm air seems to settle the cough. But at first signs of stridor I give the redipred straight away.

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    Thank you all for taking the time to respond, DD is still pretty miserable, cough is still there but improving a little bit this morning was her last dose of the predmix so I guess we'll see how she goes. Croup sucks


 

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