Dd had suddenly developed a barking cough and seems to struggle to get her breath when she does cough. It's not a constant cough though. She doesn't have a temp at all. Does it sound like croup? It's very definitely a barking cough.
No, not always a temp. The only thing that ever worked for my son was dexamethasone which can only be given in a hospital. I've honestly lost count of the number of midnight A&E trips I've had. Ring NHS direct if you're not sure, but if she's struggling to breathe take her to A&E or ring an ambulance now.
Thanks. She's not struggling to breathe, just when she coughs it tales her a couple of seconds to get her breath back. She isn't coughing all the time so is breathing fine now. She hasn't coughed for 15 mins or so.
Mine never had a fever. Between them all, they had croup many times. We always ran the hot tap at the bath, the sink and the shower to steam the room. They had to stay in the room for 30 minutes, often minus most of their clothes when they got too hot from the steam.
That sometimes had to be done 2 or 3 times during the night if the cough returned. I used to keep their bedroom door open to be able to hear them if they woke up worth it during the night.
Cool air was recommended to us. DS has had it twice. The second time they sent an ambulance. If she's really struggling to breathe then don't let her lie down. Keeping DS vertical really made a difference.
Croup can really escalate in the early hours of the morning. Hope she's ok and it doesn't get any worse, but keep a close eye her just in case. Maybe get prepared with what you might need if you do have to make a mad dash to hosp at 2am. Hopefully you won't need it tho.
She's 2.3. She's sleeping soundly at the moment (although I'm trapped under her!) So I'll just keep a close eye on her. We cosleep anyway so I'll be with her all night. It doesn't look like she has any St r at the moment.
I would go straight to hospital TBH. I have had a lot of (usually bad) experience of it and they always tell us to go straight in with a bark. I took my friend's daughter as soon as she started when they were staying with us and the hospital said we should have called an ambulance, she didn't sound as bad in the hospital either.
BTW you need cold (either open windows, sit outside or sit in the freezer) not steam. It's inflammation so you need to bring that down.
Anywhere around her ribs (the bit at the top of the breastbone/ base of neck, between the ribs or the bottom of the ribs) you need help. Also try counting her breaths, normal is about 25-35, if it's faster than that then get her looked at.
Croup is normally worse at night so the fact its different during the day probably suggests it is croup. Most croup clears up on its own anyway - sometimes it takes 2 or 3 nights though - and you only need to seek further help if it is bothering the breathing at all. Opening the window and getting fresh air are good to help.
What Sirzy says. Except, with mine, opening the window at night and letting cold air in was pretty disastrous. But they have asthma too. We were told to do the opposite. Open the bedroom door and open the bathroom door once finished steaming, and let the warm steam go into the bedroom. My advice did come from about 10 years ago, so perhaps there is different advice now?
She is not feeling good at all now but I don't think it's croup. Her cough doesn't sound like a bark now and she doesn't have any stridor at all. She's breathing fine, just through her mouth though. I think it's just a virus or something.
She does however have one really gunky eye. She can barely open it now as it's sticking her eyelashes together. It looks red too but probably because she's rubbing it.