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    Default Croup - what helps

    Hi all. My ds is 9 1/2 months and this is the second time he has had croup. Both have been in the last month and we have needed to vsit the hospital.

    Does anyone with babies who dobor have had croup tried anything to prevent it or lessen symptoms?
    I have heard dairy can thicken mucus and make breathing harder so trying to avoid that but im hoping someone might have some other ideas or suggestions.

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    Nurofen helps reduce the swelling in their airways so they can breathe easier, and so do iceblocks, but your little one might be too young for that.
    Rugging them up and taking them outside to breathe in cold night air can also help. Don't bother with steaming up a bathroom.
    If you get concerned, head to emergency for the steroids (redipred?). We had to take DD1 a few times last winter.

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    PredMix (or Redipred - depends on the brand name) is really the only thing that works. Some cold viruses will trigger Croup and others won't. My ds gets lots of colds but has only had 4 lots of Croup (which of course is 4 too many!). As you probably know yourself there's not much to do to avoid getting colds/coughs.

    As for dairy & mucus that has actually been disproven, so I wouldn't bother with that personally. Dairy contains lots of things that are good for growing bubs and is important. If you still want to cut out dairy please see a Paediatric Dietitian to make sure his diet is ok.

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    Be a little careful about going out in the cold. My DS1 always got worse when it was cold. A humidifier can work wonders if you have one. Not sure about the link to dairy though.

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    Drs recommendations prior to steroid have been avoid milk, nurofen (or any anti-inflamitry suitable for infants), sleep in a raised position (propping the cot mattress or in a pram), if your little one is walking, lots of running around activities (probably could do the same if their crawling? Chasing to get moving iykwim?)

    My DD has had it a few times - the drs try and stay away from steroids (for obvious reasons I guess) but in the end, every time we have ended up needing a dose of steroids, which has cleared it up straight away (within 48 hours after the last dose). IMO I now prefer to give my lo a dose to clear it up straight away, rather than letting her struggle breathing for weeks

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    I've just read the royal children's hospital notes on croup and they suggest that vapourisers/humidifiers gave been proven not to work. Interesting.

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    Thanks Cindy. The nurofen might be good.
    We have ended up at the ed both times for steroids. The first time needed 2 doses. I would love to avoid it getting to that in the future.

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    As a preventative measure we've started giving DS a probiotic in the cooler months- it seems to be working. Last year he has croup 3 times between April-early July. We started the probiotics and he hasn't had full blown croup since. A slightly croupy cough a couple of times, but nothing major.

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    Thanks everyone.

    Mim - we are only cutting dairy for the couple of days he has croup symptoms.

    Amyd i have heard similar about he huidifier.

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    Thanks Fearless leader. I mightl look into that.


 

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