Has anyone heard of Croup lasting longer than 3 weeks?

Tara - posted on 12/30/2008 ( 12 moms have responded )

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My 8 mth old had severe croup on the 10th Dec needing 4 shots of adrenaline, as well as steroids daily until the 23rd dec. She still has noisy breathing and has become really attached, she has had all the recommended tests, and the doctors cannot find any further isuues. Before this she was a perfect baby... Does anyone have any ideas about what could be wrong????

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Jennifer - posted on 12/30/2008

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It sounds like she may have gotten a couple of viruses over the past 3 weeks.. my son - now almost 3 has gotten croup tons of times - which then leads to broncitis for a few weeks.. Croup is actually the name given to the swollen airway.. not the virus itself.. a simple cold virus can cause it.. with my son has it is with every small cold.. a simple sore throat to us is croup to them.. Dr. told me it only takes a swelling of 1/5 of a mm to cause it.. smaller airway. it is a real pain in the a** and you feel so bad for them.. ice pops and long car rides in the middle of the cold night with windows open helps a lot.. good luck.. my son is starting to outgrow it now.. doctors say could last a couple more years before totally subsiding.

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MacKenzie - posted on 01/01/2009

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You may want to check with your doc about the possibility of this being Whooping cough (aka pertussis). She is partially vaccinated against this, but not yet fully at her age, which could account for her relatively minor but ongoing symptoms. I developed whooping cough last winter and it lasts FOREVER. I had to be on long term steroids to reduce the swelling in my airways. As a side note, my doc told me moms between the ages of 20-45 are at pretty high risk of carrying the pertussis bug and possibly passing it on to our kiddos before they are fully vaccinated. Most of us received partial vaccination as kids, but apparently they are finding it wears off and many adults need a booster. This is expecially important if you have kids under age 2 living with you as you can carry it and they can get very sick from it. Your doc can perform a blood test on you to test your titer (level of immunity you still carry) for pertussis. You may need a booster to help protect yourself and your kids. Good luck and hang in there! We have dealt with croup every winter since my oldest was born, often resulting in scary ER visits. The good news is their airway usually gets big enough not to be terribly bothered by the swelling by about age 5 (for most kids) though our five year old has it right now!

Jennifer - posted on 12/30/2008

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Croup is that loud barking cough.. it sounds like the croup turned into broncitis (noisy breathing) which is often the case.. and could last 3 weeks or so.. neubulizers, steam and all that helps.. it seems that my son unlike my daughter gets croup and his colds linger a lot longer than my daughters..

Sarah - posted on 12/30/2008

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You are definitely not doing anything wrong Tara!!! It is stressful when a baby doesn't get better straight away especially when the doctors wont take you seriously. Just so you know Abby has no other symptoms either other than a hideous barking cough which persists most of winter - when she was a baby it was the breathing. There are lots of great suggestions on this thread for keeping her as comfortable as possible until this bout passes - it takes a while for their airways to return to normal and for the symptoms to completely go away so just hang in there and go back to the doctor ANYTIME you are concerned - sometimes it is great just to get confirmation that they are on the road to recovery and getting better. Best of luck

Tara - posted on 12/30/2008

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Sorry, I should have said, This has just been one very long episode of noisy breathing/croup. she is healthy apart from that. No cold, flu or any symptoms other than noisy breathing since the 20th. thankyou for the suggestion of checking for asthma.... i thought they may be connected but the doctors did not take my thoughts seriously. Keep the comments coming. Hearing that there are other babies that this has happened to makes me feel a lot better. I was starting to get worried that I was doing something wrong

Alice - posted on 12/30/2008

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my son is nine months old now. He had croup last month. It lasted about 2 weeks. I found that sitting with him in a steamy bathroom and a warm bath really helped.

Patricia - posted on 12/30/2008

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My daughter (now 3) got croup very early on and was put on a nebulizer. Lucky for me the dinosaur mask does the trick... It flairs when there is a respiratory infection and we have to resort to using the machine. Potentially early stages of asthmatic tendencies is what I'm told, but no definite.

Michelle - posted on 12/30/2008

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My daughter had croup when she was six months old and even after meds it never seemed to go away. A month or two later the doctor diagnosed her with Reactive Airway Disease which is basically Asthma. She had to use an nebulizer every two hours for months and then we gradually weaned her off the treatments after close to a year. Now she only gets treatments every now and then. The clinginess is normal after being ill. I would recommend going back to the doctor for the noisy breathing. It could have turned into something else.

Dawn - posted on 12/30/2008

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try steam up your bathroom with really hot water, sit with your child and let your child breathe in a moist air to help clear up and let your child to cough it out. gentle padding on your child's back of the lung area.. I have a similar situation for my oldest son but it wasnt a croup he have cystic fibrosis it something with a bad mucus develop in his lung and not breathing good always coughing bad. he have this for life time. so try with the really steaming in the bathroom, sit in there for maybe 15 minutes or until your child settle down.

Sarah - posted on 12/30/2008

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croup is pretty awful and something I have dealt with for many years with my eldest. It seems that every winter for the past 7 we have been dealing with it and apart from the lack of sleep you all get there is also the worry because it doesnt seem to go away. Abby saw many doctors over these years and we tried many different sorts of treatments, including those for asthma and all the steroids and antibiotics around as well. They told me that there was a high chance that she could be asthmatic as an older child, especially as she developed exczema as well when she was about 18 months old.



At 7 we are now through the worst of it and i find she fights off any bouts of it more quickly now - within 1-2 weeks instead of a month or more. All kids are different - when my boy gets a virus it normally follows with an ear infection, in Abby's case it leads to croup and/or chest issues.



We manage it by being very careful with her - singlets most of the year round, keeping her warm as much as possible, keeping asthma meds on hand when she is playing sport and through the winter months. I try my best to stop her getting sick generally by using multi-vitamins through flu season etc. Her lungs are a bit weaker and therefore swimming and lots of time at the beach is great - we even moved out of the city to be away from allergens but of course that is not possible for everyone and even then only worked to some extent.



If you are really worried - keep harassing the doctors. I got to the point with Abby one year where she was sleeping virtually sitting up with me beside her REALLY worried so the next morning I marched her into the doctor's office and refused to leave until they told me what was causing it - turns out she had a form of pertussis and needed different antibiotics to what she had been prescribed. Behaviourally she will take a few weeks to settle back down into a normal routine if she has been very sick, plus she could still be feeling some after effects of the virus as well and that will be throwing her out of whack.



Stay strong and give her lots of cuddles -hope I have helped.

Nicole - posted on 12/30/2008

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My 7 month old little boy got diagnosed with croup the first part of November and was still sick with the same symptoms in the middle of December. He is currently still on steriods (via neb treatments) and that seems to help. My pediatrician said it was just a respiratory issue that he's going to have to fight through this winter. She said it could possibly be asthma or allergies but it's too early to tell for sure. I understand your frustration and I hope you find a better answer/reasoning.

Cathy - posted on 12/30/2008

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Between my three kids we've had about 10 cases of croup and I've never had any that lasted longer than 3-4 days. My pediatrician did mention that kids that have severe/frequent croup can develop asthma. As far as the attachment goes, I would just slowly ease into your old routine. It always takes my kids about 2 weeks to get readjusted. Good luck!

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