Maybe i am doing the wrong this with an oil heater in her room?? I might try a vaporiser.
does nurofen help?
My dd and ds get croup every so often, I know it's coming when dd tells me she has a sore throat a couple of hours prior.
They actually no longer recommend the use of steam for treating it, just pain relief and if it gets bad off to dr/hospital for redipred.
We had an abualance rode with Ds about a month ago when he woke with it around midnight. :/
my first born got croup alot in the first few years of life,
it always settled down within the three doses of redipred
I was told 'croup' itself is not contageous (croup is the cough) but the virus that causes it often is (and unless its ongoing chances are its a virus), any for of cold virus can trigger the swelling that leads to the croup cough,
my ds1 almost always improved on the trip there but got worse once back inside for a while (were rural, it takes a bit to get a dr to arrive) except once when we wound up on ventolin to ease the stridor,
always came on in the middle of the night, first time I put him to bed (he was 11 months old) and he woke at 8.30 and I freaked out, second time a month later I was like oh ... okay, off we go for redipred
After that it was a calm trip in the car to the hospital
I know they say not to but the vapouriser almost always helped my ds when he was coughy
My DS has had loads of croup. We counted 15 times in his first 18mo of life, but I now know that it wasn't always croup (he had a small defect in his airway that caused a similar cough sound). The times that it was croup and not the defect, redipred/predmix would work after 2 doses (although he has had up to 4 doses for particularly bad episodes). It doesn't get rid of the cough but the barking and/or strider should settle.
I agree with a PP, I don't think croup itself is contagious, it's the virus that precedes it that is contagious. DSs croup would often come at the end of a cold or together with bronchiolitis. It's caused by inflammation in the airway.
There's not a lot you can do besides keeping them calm and getting the steroids into them. We have a repeat script for it and always have some on hand given DSs susceptibility to croup.
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