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Croup - when did your dc grow out of it?

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Schulte Mon 29-Nov-10 15:32:55

DD2 is only 19 months old and has already had croup 3 times, each time requiring steroids. I am already bracing myself for another trip to A&E in the coming weeks. Those with children prone to croup... when did it start getting better and when did they grow out of it completely? Thanks!

4nomore Mon 29-Nov-10 15:47:34

Didn't grow out of it until school age (although he never had it badly enough to require steriods - I think if he'd been seen during his worst bout on Boxing Day, when he was two he may have done). I guess it did peak around this time (age 2), the next winter was better.

PixieOnaLeaf Mon 29-Nov-10 15:50:24

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Schulte Mon 29-Nov-10 16:06:00

Thanks. Hmmmm, at least another 2 winters to go then. I don't know, maybe I take her to A&E too quickly, but when it's noisy breathing on top of the barking cough, and doesn't get better with steam or fresh air, then I just get scared sad

Should I learn to sit it out?

She may well get asthma - she's got eczema and an egg allergy already and I have allergies too.

PixieOnaLeaf Mon 29-Nov-10 16:09:19

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Schulte Mon 29-Nov-10 16:14:48

Thanks Pixie. I find the very noisy breathing alone frightening enough... I wouldn't want to wait and see if she turns blue, to be honest!

PixieOnaLeaf Mon 29-Nov-10 16:24:30

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Schulte Tue 30-Nov-10 13:46:11

I haven't. I stood at the open window with her for quite a while last time, and then sat in the steamy bathroom, but it didn't get the least bit better, worse if anything. So DH and I both decided that she needed to go to A&E. And he's usually much calmer, so if he thinks she needs to go then I know it must be quite bad.

We have some steroid suppositories at home - in Germany parents are told to just use them when their child gets croup - but somehow I am not keen on using them.

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 30-Nov-10 17:08:51

DS grew out of it when he was 5 or 6, he had his last bout requiring a hospital visit in Year 1. Reading Pixie's list made me remember how I used to feel when it started.sad Gawd, I remember those chest/throat recessions.sad sad

I was told to count him breathing in a minute and when it got to a certain given number it was time to take him in. I honestly cannot remember what that magic number was now ( he is 11 )

He grew out of it completely, no legacy.

wb Tue 30-Nov-10 21:07:35

Ds1 had croup repeatedly b/w the ages of 2 and 3.5. Since then none at all touch wood. He is 5 now and has moved on to ear infections (more painful but less worrying to mummy).

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