has your child had croup?

Julie - posted on 12/17/2009 ( 12 moms have responded )

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My daughter has had croup at least 4 times now since she was 18 months old. She seems to get it everytime she gets a cold. Needs medical attention to go on nebuliser and Predisinol ( predimix)...has anyone else had to deal with this?

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Momma - posted on 12/18/2009

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My oldest is the only one out of my three children who had the croup. He was almost 3 when he got it....he scared me, excuse the language, shitless! He started coughing really badly, then started struggling to breath and then started turning blue...I had to call 911 and the paramedics showed up and put a mask on him and started helping him breath better.......it was truly a scary ordeal

Laura - posted on 12/18/2009

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DS has had croup multiple times. Not bad enough to need treatment (other than home care), but he's finally starting to outgrow it at age 3. The steamy shower has always helped or taking him outside when it is cold. I also run a humidifier.

DD has never had croup, but has asthma. Go figure!

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Julie - posted on 12/19/2009

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Thanks for that? Did the doctors/hospital loan u a nebuliser or did u buy it? we find the our daughter needs this to help her get over the croup and the Predimix isn't enough. We do find the hospital visits annoying as they usually end up in staying over night and that means i have to stay too. However the last attack we gave her predimix at 1.30am and then took her to clinic next day at 8.30am to go on nebuliser...thanks 4 yr help julie

Julie - posted on 12/19/2009

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Quoting Sandy:

My son had croup/ RSV at 3 months old and was hospitalized for 2 days. It seems to all of a sudden come on. One minute a runny nose the next minute a barking cough and wheezing. He has had it 4 times since then and hes only 1 year old. They gave me a nebulizer and I have to use it every time he comes down with a cold. His colds normally bring on the hard coughing and wheezing. The neb treatments really seem to help and it hasn't turned into croup yet this cold/flu season. If and when it did get really bad they just gave him a steroid to take for 2-3 days. This seemed to at least let him sleep better. I also always keep the head of his crib up slightly with a pillow underneath the sheets and have since he was 3 months old and run a cool mist humidifier at night. Hope this helps you.


 

Sandy - posted on 12/19/2009

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My son had croup/ RSV at 3 months old and was hospitalized for 2 days. It seems to all of a sudden come on. One minute a runny nose the next minute a barking cough and wheezing. He has had it 4 times since then and hes only 1 year old. They gave me a nebulizer and I have to use it every time he comes down with a cold. His colds normally bring on the hard coughing and wheezing. The neb treatments really seem to help and it hasn't turned into croup yet this cold/flu season. If and when it did get really bad they just gave him a steroid to take for 2-3 days. This seemed to at least let him sleep better. I also always keep the head of his crib up slightly with a pillow underneath the sheets and have since he was 3 months old and run a cool mist humidifier at night. Hope this helps you.

Brandi - posted on 12/18/2009

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My daughter had it several times as well. she never needed much medication. I believe it was usually an antibiotic, may have had to take a steroid as well. Croup is really the baby version of bronchitis, so as she ages, she will probably come down with bronchitis a lot, which i think is hereditary as my husband also as a child got bronchitis EVERY cold/flu season. Fortunately, it isn't usually too serious. Do you know about some of the home remedies for croup???? They really help. Some of the best ones for us were to use a humidifier in her room, walk her in the cold night air (bundled up of course), sit in a steamy bathroom with her for 15 or 20 mins., baby vaporub helps a lot too, warm liquids to drink (my daugher likes tea with honey and a little milk, it seems to help with her throat), It's really hard to see your child sick *esp. with croup, cuz it just SOUNDS so horrible* I hope your little one outgrows the croup soon (my daughter is almost 4 and hasn't had croup for about 2 years, however does get "sore throat" pretty regularly when she gets sick.

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both of my children have had croup. my son had an attack so bad one time that we had to take him to the ER and he was almost admitted... my daughter had asthma and has also had croup. she was on a nebulizer as well... when she was young, they thought she had croup, a cough etc and it turned out to be asthma. she went on a daily treatment and got so much better, talk to your doctor maybe and ask about the asthma.. also, if you live in an apartment by chance with someone underneath you who smokes the smoke can drift through the floor in to your house and aggrivate your children.. just an fyi, i dont know if that would apply to you or not, but that was the case with us, once we moved to a different place, her asthma went away and has never come back.

Jodie - posted on 12/18/2009

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my boy got croupe and had to be hostpilized,you are aware,its an airbourne sickness,it can be caught.i guess the best thing you could do to prevent it happening every winter.and im sure you do this anyhow.but dont over dress her,when going out in the cold,as overheating her,will bring on a cold.like a snowsuit,and just have like light clothes undernerth,or clothes to fit the occassion you may b going to,so then shes warm when she gets out of the suit.and put it back on,for home time.it sounds dumb,but thats what i di to my boy,and he hasnt had croupe snice,hes 12 now.but it must be serious if shes on a nebuliser,she should out grow it.my boy has.there is light at the end of the tunnel.good luck.

Tarsha - posted on 12/17/2009

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hello my boys get croup everytime they get a cold as well (they actually have it atm) its very scary especially when they get wheezie. we got the medication and its unbeliable how it works! i thought it runs in families because i used to have it alot as a kid but when we saw the doctor he said it doesnt..my son now 61/2 gets it the most and has athsma as well..have been in hospital b4 with him on nebuliser as well (very scary stuff when their lips turn blue) but since he got older its gotten way better..the worse was from about 18months untit about 3yrs old. i try to put them in the steam when they are really bad and raise their beds/cots with a couple of pillows underneath..other then that and getting the medication just give panodol if they have high temp..but i know how it is, sometimes me and my husband would take shifts durning the night, just to make sure they were breathing fine and didnt stop..good luck and i hope ur little one grows out of it soon

Jennifer - posted on 12/17/2009

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Hi Julie!
Do the doctors say its croup each time? Could it possibly be asthma? I don't know just a thought.....My kids kept getting sick over and over again it wasn't croup but a virus. I just recently switched all my products in my home and got rid of all the toxins and chemicals in our house and that has really seemed to help. I have had asthma most of my adult life and I have seen a difference in my breathing just by getting all the chemicals out of our home. My two boys have eczema and that too is improving. This might help. I did not realize how many toxins are in our everyday products. Check out this info http://www.safecosmetics.org/downloads/N... and then go here I would love to help! http://InternetCeoMoms.com/mommys4
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Jes - posted on 12/17/2009

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Not really sure this is what you are looking for but...My nephew had it and had to medical treatment and I was worried my son had it too so I took him to the doctor. My doctor told me that when I first start hearing that croupy cough to take him in the bathroom and turn the shower on as hot as I can and just let him breathe in the steam (just sit in the bathroom don't get in the shower) if that doesn't work to bundle him up really good and take him outside for a few minutes. I now have four and everytime their cough starts sounding croupy I take them in the bathroom and it helps.

Kelly - posted on 12/17/2009

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Our youngest had it but not as severe-went to the emergency room with it because we didn't know what it was, but it never required medication. Hopefully your daughter will outgrow it soon, it can be scary to moms and dads!

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