Both my boys got croup at least once a year since the were 6 months old (now 7). A few times in hospital for a few days.
You will definitely know as it is a very distinctive cough with a slight weaze and yes they will eventually struggle to breathe. Don't muck around once the breathing becomes difficult as it means the wind pipe is closing up. I am no doctor, and I am happy to be corrected but this is my experience and knowledge. Good luck. :/)
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26-02-2012 09:09 #11
26-02-2012 11:08 #12-
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she explained that croup can be caused by environmental or viral reasons.
if it's viral then the virus is contagous but not technically the croup as croup is a narrowing of the airways caused by inflamation (the same viruses cause colds, bronchiolitis, bronchitis, croup etc)
all doctors will assume that it is caused by a viral infection and thus advise you to keep the child away from people vulnerable to infections.
it's the same for tonsilitis and ear infections, the infection itself is not contageous but the virus / bug that causes it is
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26-02-2012 11:25 #13Member
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another thing i was told to pin point croup was the area where the two rib cages open up (above the tummy) will suck in rapidly when they have croup. This is what I use now whenever DS has a cold and I am worried if it as progressed to croup
27-02-2012 19:22 #14Senior Member
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Thanks for clarifying Nemmi & Missie Mack!
27-02-2012 19:34 #15
Agree with all the mummies here! As a first time mum NEVER having been
Around kids before I knew it was croup as soon as I heard that cough! DD had it at 12 months and was simply a runny nose and watery eyes during the day but at around 10pm, I heard the seal bark cough and got her straight up and to the children's emergency hospital. A dose of steroids and we really nipped it in the bud before it got worse. You will know it when you hear it and if you act quickly, hopefully it won't progress much once the steroid is received.
27-02-2012 19:43 #16
DS spent 2 nights in hospital with croup a few weeks ago. at first i didnt reconise it cause he didnt really have a cough and wasnt distressed at all. the only time i had seen croup, the kids were upset.
he had heaps of steriods (4Xpulmicort, 3Xadrenaline, 2X dexamethasone, 3X redipred) over the 48hrs so you couldnt keep him still (cant normally anyway!) which made his work of breathing worse but he would get upset if you tried to keep him still.
the paed told me that the exact same thing in adults is laringitis which i didnt know as pp have said
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