Ok so 2 days ago dd2 had her usual afternoon nap. We had been to the park earlier. No sign of any illness at all. no coughs or changes in breathing, nothing. So she woke from her nap crying, coughing shallow breathing and a seal like barking cough. She has no allergies that I know of other than severe blistering and welts from mosquitoes. even though she could still breathe it sounded like she had something stuck in her throat. She had not eaten for a few hours before her nap. I laid her across my lap and gave her a few good firm pats on the back. No change. Ring gp. Fully booked. I ring health direct and she asked a few questions and could hear dd2's coughing and breathing. She tried to insist on calling an ambulance but I decided to drive to hospital as it would be quicker.
On the way dd2 had a big cough and it seemed to clear her throat. She started breathing normally, colour went back to normal and she stopped crying. We decided to continue on to the hospital anyway as we were almost there anyway. By this stage dd2 has returned back to normal other than a slight cough that sounded more like an irritated throat.
After hours of waiting we finally see a Dr who has a listen to her chest, takes her oxygen sats, temperature etc... Dr agrees she probably coughed whatever it was up.
As it was now passed dinner time we decide to go up the road and buy take away and eat in the car park. No sooner had she finished eating that her seal like cough had returned, along with her breathing changing again. not even an hour later we are back at the hospital.
This time the Dr diagnosed her with sudden onset croup. They gave her some oral steroids and a dose to take home to give her the following night if needed. The next day she sounds a lot better. So much better we did not need to give her the second dose of steroids.
The seal barking cough is gone but her breathing is still a bit off. She is taking shorter breathes than normal and grunting with each breath. She has a cough still but it is a pretty mild cough.
So.. Sorry it is a long post.. But what is your opinion. Mild Croup or a choking episode?