Have any of you had kids with croup?

Sarah - posted on 02/10/2009 ( 17 moms have responded )

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My daughter has it and the doctor said to keep a humidifier going in her room, and he gave us some really strong cough med. I know there probably isn't much else we can do or he would have said so, but any advice or suggestions would be appreciated! Thanks!!

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Shandell - posted on 10/16/2012

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my sons pediatrician game him a steroid shot and that same day he stopped coughing.

Desiree - posted on 02/13/2009

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My brother used to get it and my son seems to get it at  least once during each winter. Turn on the shower all the way to hot and shut the bathroom door sit in  the bathroom with her until she seems to be getting some relief. Normally about 15-20 minutes. The hot steam helps in opening up the airway.

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I am 25 and I was a child that had croup at least once a month. My mom used to run a hot shower so the bathroom would fill with steam and she would make a fort in there for her and I and wed play in there or sleep in there at night. I also had a cold air humdifire which helped. being outside in the cold air helps too, 3 yrs ago my husband had it and the thing that helped him was being outside in the cold. also put vicks on the chest and back while in the washroom it helps too

Kelly - posted on 02/12/2009

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My 7 year old has had it on and off most of his life, but he is also an Asthmatic, he was generally hospitalised with it where they had to administer Adrenilin, we are not sure whether Croup goes hand in hand with Asthma, but yes a humidifier does help, I was told that it is a virus so therefore no preventitive action can be taken, but they do say that by 7 years of age they should have grown out of it, I will wait and see!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sarah - posted on 02/12/2009

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Thank you all.  I have tried just about everything you guys have posted on here and it helped so much!  She is up playing and just being a normal kid today....which makes me so happy!!  Thanks again.

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The old remedy of bundling them up and taking them out in the cold works wonders. My pediatrician recommends it to me everytime one of mine has it. He also says you can alternate sitting in the bathroom with the hot shower running and steaming up the room, and then going out in the cold. It kinda shocks their system. Humidifiers work also. Good luck, I know it's not fun when little ones are sick. Hope she feels better

Sheree - posted on 02/11/2009

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my son has croup and hes a yr in a half and the doctor gave him a shot that would only work for two days and that there is med's for it but doesnt really work bc it takes soo long to get in there system ... but he told me to have him sleep in angle and make the room moist and cold..but on my note as mom to mom this thing is driving me crazy i feel so bad for him bc he cant sleep and etc and hes cranky and doesnt want anything during that time. ... but anyways how is the med working for your daugther ??

Priscilla - posted on 02/11/2009

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My son had croup last year and the doctor prescribed a steroid type medicine..a 3 day thing. It helped. I also made sure to give him warm foods and fluids. Bundle him up if we needed to go out. I didn't do a humidifier.

Victoria - posted on 02/11/2009

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I know you got a a lot of responses...but my son has had croup too. He still gets that dry cough every once in awhile. I just stick him in the bathroom with a steamy shower running, vaporizer in his room at night and chest rub...It is a scary cough to hear! 3 years ago, when he was two, he was hospitalized one night from the cough, and they gave him steroids, and an inhaler...just like everyone else kids have had... Well good luck, and hope she gets to feeling better...

Lynda - posted on 02/10/2009

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Hi Sarah.  I have 2 boys and when they were younger they both got the croup at least a couple times and my son tends to get the croupy cough whenever he gets sick.  He was prescribed an inhaler when he was a baby and that helped him alot and he still has it.  Taking him outside also helped.  I don't know where you live, but the doctor also told me if you are in warmer climates, then bundle your child up and open the fridge/freezer and have her stand in front of it for a little bit. 

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My oldest son (now almost 7 yrs.) has gotten croup at least 3 times or more every winter since he was born! Now (since he has had it so much) they finally gave us a nebulizer machine, but before we had that we used to do all sorts of things that helped. You can take her into the bathroom, shut the door, run the shower hot and let her breathe in the steam. Also if you bundle her up really warm and take her outside to breathe in the cold air works well too. (The latter works best at night.) And of course, having a humidifier in her room when sge is sleeping helps! I know that it sucks! Hope she feels better soon!

Stacey - posted on 02/10/2009

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My oldest son had croup a few times from being in childcare. I was told to run a hot shower and take him in the bathroom to breathe in the steam. It always worked. My son used to have to get a steroid shot because he always got it so bad.

Kendra - posted on 02/10/2009

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Our son just got done with a full week of croup. the doctor gave him a script for pediapred, and we used a nebulizer (our oldest has asthma, so the doc said that we could use his meds), and when all else failed, we bundled him up and took him out into the cold. Hope you get some relief!

Lexy - posted on 02/10/2009

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My son had croup for 1 night and it was aweful! I took him outside all bundled up in the cold air and that relieved his croupey cough. Put some eucalyptus oil in the humidifier, it helps the cough. Finally, I took him to a Chiropractor and an hour after he was adjusted he didnt have the cough and his fever went down dramaticly. good luck!

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