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Croup...top tips please.

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Donbean Mon 07-Feb-05 20:35:30

Ds 19 months has got croup, this is night 2. His breathing is noisy while asleep and the cough is awful.
Tonight he coughed so much he vomited all over the living room.
Have been to the GP and as its viral its just a case of temperature management. Fair enough. Read somewhere about putting a wet towel on the radiator and his bedroom window is slightly open.
The coughing is obviously painful as he cries each time, paracetamol and brufen to cover this and temp.
Any other tips to help me survive this and help him be more comfortable?

RTKangaMummy Mon 07-Feb-05 20:37:24

take into bathroom

with shower on hot and make full of steam

sit on floor with baby on knee and read books etc.

TracyK Mon 07-Feb-05 20:37:27

boil a kettle in his room? lift the head of his bed a little?

RTKangaMummy Mon 07-Feb-05 20:39:14

put telephone directories or catalogues under feet of cot [or under matteress]

Donbean Mon 07-Feb-05 20:41:46

Ok, going to do those things now, ta very much x

essbee Mon 07-Feb-05 20:42:25

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ChicPea Mon 07-Feb-05 20:43:17

DS had croup last summer and I sat in a steamy shower room for 15mins every three hours. Realy helped.

pinkdiamond Mon 07-Feb-05 20:43:31

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TracyK Mon 07-Feb-05 20:45:21

someone told me to give them a blast of cold outside air in the midlde of a coughing fit - it cools all their throat muscles?

onlineid Mon 07-Feb-05 20:47:14

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Donbean Mon 07-Feb-05 20:49:05

Just propped him up and his breathing is quieter now, ive got the electric steriliser unit in there with the lid off. (He's in the cot and asleep while im on here in case you are wondering).

essbee Mon 07-Feb-05 20:49:35

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Donbean Mon 07-Feb-05 20:50:29

Thanks every one, wish me luck for the night ahead......

TracyK Mon 07-Feb-05 20:58:26

good luck - i hope you don't have to go to work tomorrow!

RTKangaMummy Tue 08-Feb-05 09:12:48

How was he last night?

handlemecarefully Tue 08-Feb-05 09:40:36

The boiling the kettle thing (with lid off) is much quicker, easier and effective than turning on the shower IME

TracyK Tue 08-Feb-05 09:41:56

I agree - I tried to run the shower when ds was in the bath and hardly any steam was made - all that happened was that he wanted to get out of the bath and get under the shower!
will try the kettle trick the next time.

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