Really? DS had repeated bouts of it but all required a trip to the children's hospital in the middle of the night for steroids to fix it. That is the treatment and after the first time (which was frightening, he was gasping for breath horribly) they told us always just to come in. However, he didn't have symptoms during the day - an attack always came on at night. Is it definitely croup and not whooping cough?
bramb is right that cooler air helps. Or steam in a bathroom can do it too. But that's temporary relief rather than actually treating it, and the problem is that then when they lie down it starts up again.
I'm with ScouseQueen. I've heard of a few children being diagnosed with croup recently when they had coughs. My son has had croup twice, the first time he required an ambulance, adrenaline and two types of steroid to control his breathing, the second time was milder as we had redipred at home to ward off an attack before it got too serious. The treatment is a steroid. And yes, cold air can help
My 3 year old gets croup. I tend to ride it out and do the cold air thing. I'm never sure whether to go to the hospital or not. He sounds awful and you can see his stomach moving as he breathes in but his SATs are 95-96% when I've checked so thought hospital might be a bit over dramatic. I've got pnd and made the mistake of taking my pfb to hospital when he didn't need to be there so I worry I'll get told off again if I take him to hospital with croup.
I don't find a change in air temp helpful at all. I tend to try to distract mine with television if they start barking in the middle of the night as it's usually exacerbated by crying/wailing.
We called an ambulance for DS1 a couple of years back as he'd already had steroids at OOH GP earlier that evening and still couldn't breathe properly. If you're at all worried about breathing, don't hesitate to get to A&E.
Get a steamer for their rooms! My dd suffers massively with croup and this has been a god send; it pumps out a "mist/steam" kind of thing that really helps with breathing; it's not hot; and you can put essential oils,albas oil etc in too.will try and find mine and send you the link.i swear by ours. X
We rang 111 and the OOH dr rang us back after an hour by which time it had improved, probably just from sitting up and calming himself down as he was quite panicked. The ooh gp said it was a mild case of croup.
Hi all My dd, now aged 12, was very prone to croup and croup-like infections up until the age of 5 or 6.
Cold air IS better - it helps the blood vessels and airways contract back to a more usual size. In a croup attack, the airways narrow thus making it more difficult to breathe. Sometimes, steroids are necessary to aid airway recovery.
If the lungs are clear, get them to check your child's trachea - tracheitis can be very dangerous if left untreated correctly.
Children DO grow out of it. As children grow, their airways also get bigger - hence the much, much smaller likelihood of a re-occurrence of croup.
Another croup patient here. He is on day 5 now. The barking cough is gone but he is still miserable and his appetite is poor. Revisited dr today (as advised) and they said he is just taking time to recover. Croup is horrible and always comes with the Autumn/winter.
I believe neither steam nor cold air are reccomended nowadays by paediatricians. My godson was hospitalised last week with croup and that was what they were told. Ds had croup several times from age 2-5 each autumn/winter and never needed hospital. Check oxygen levels by pressing on the nails- they will go white then pink up again. If they don't pink up then get checked as this can indicate low oxygen sats. And dribbles and sucky chest walls are also a danger sign. Trust your instinct.