TIPS ON CROUP?! a scare of a lifetime..my child not being able to breathe! :(

Nicky - posted on 02/06/2012 ( 14 moms have responded )

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so yesturday afternoon i noticed my 3 yr old had a small cough nothing serious. i put his vicks vaporizor in his room to maybe help him a little. about 1/2 hour after he fell asleep all i could hear was wheezing from him, & he kept trying to clear his throat but couldnt. so i rubbed some vicks on his chest and gave him some childrens cough medicine & ran a hot shower & sat in the steamy bathroom with him for 30 min. about 45 min later i was scared to death when he was gasping for air. coughing & throwing up & unable to breath. he was shaking & scared me so badly. even though i was scared i stayed calm & didnt show my fear i just rubbed his back and told him to breathe slowly and told him everything would be ok. after sitting in the bathroom a 2nd time while he was throwing up i turned the hot water on again and sat in there with him until i couldnt do it any more. he was gasping so hard for air. i took him to urgent care & was told he had croup (which he has had once before) but this time it was worse. they gave me treatments for his nebulizer i have to do 3 times a day plus a steroid he has to take by mouth. has anyone been through this? and what did you do to help your child sleep more comforatbley? any helpful tips would be much appreciated!! tonight i propped his pillow up a little bit & we did his treatment right before bed along with taking his steroid.

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Katherine - posted on 02/06/2012

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My 6 year old JUST got over croup. She didn't have it that severely, but it sounds like you're doing everything right. Did the doctor suggest a cool mist humidifier? I have never heard of croup being so bad, but I'm sure yours isn't the only one who had it that badly.



I would just stick to what you're doing. Maybe add the humidifier. I've heard that if you take them out into cold air when they're having breathing problems like that they can breath again because it opens up the airway.

Debbie - posted on 02/16/2012

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i have my son had it he had to be put on steriods hehad a bad case scared me to death

Medic - posted on 02/10/2012

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My kids get croup regularly, one down fall of having a serious asthmatic. One thing is you should not use vicks on a child with asthma, it makes it worse. We use a cool mist humidifier in their room during all of the cold months. When they get croupy we take them out on the front porch for a few min and it helps a lot.

Asha - posted on 08/23/2014

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oh, geez. that's is so, so scary. I'm so pleased she made it. my daughter almost died once but was fine in several hours. I had asthma attacks for a month. anyway, don't take my word for it but do some research on how harmful cows milk can be on children. because they are now giving the cows antibiotics, steroids, hormones and letting them stand knee deep in poop, milk is really not healthy for anyone but especially kids. try almond milk or one of the other natural milks. I hope you are all better now.

Ashley - posted on 02/22/2012

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Cold air, go outside with him in a blanket, the cold air with help soothe his lungs. Also, during the day, maybe you could do some deep breathing exercises and practice calming down. Then you can try them when he is gasping for breath. I know it is scary, my oldest had croup for years. But, definitely take him outside, wrapped in a blanket.



It will get better.

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Ss - posted on 01/20/2015

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Wanted to share my experience if it helps anyone - My 19 mo daughter had cold and fever upto 105F for a week. Everyone (docs included) thought it was a viral cold. Then the temp went away (still had slight cough), and two days later in the afternoon after her nap she had a Croup cough attack. I had to take her to ER and they gave her Ephinipherine and Steroid. Said the shot of steroid will work for upto 3 days and will she should recover by then. Since then she had two more smaller attacks of croup cough in the night. We did several things - steam in the shower room, walk out in the cold air with blanket and cap wrapped. The thing that works best for her is - walking in the cold air. Make sure she is blanketed thouroughly as its just to breathe cool air. Then when she settles a little , give her luke warm water with honey and lime. Right now she got prescribed with Steorids whch we have to give for 2-3 days and then only if she has the attack again. I really hope she is done in the next few days at most. One other thing you can do if the child is cooperative is - feed her little milk through regular intervals in the night during her sleep, that way she is not dry.

Asha - posted on 08/23/2014

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no cows milk, people. it's full of crap that they feed cows. plus they stand around in their own poop and get it on their utters. try almond milk.

Joanne - posted on 11/07/2013

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Omg my daughter nearly died two nights ago, I cant sleep and cant get over it, please never use ventioline in haler as the hospital told me I could have killed her, her oxygen levels were 84 when we got to the hospital, I thought she had died in the car as she was foaming at the mouth. I have never been so screed in all my life, oh Im a expat who lives in Saudi, so we could have called an ambulance but hay could have taken 20 mins to get here, and it may have been pray time. when we got to the hospital they give 2 adrenaline inhalers, shot of steroid's, pulimcot inhaler, which we had given at home and did not help. my daughter's tonsils are all ways large, mine were as a child, I had them out at 26, but at 14 I got rheumatoid arthritis, which is a amune system disorder. my daughter had been to a farm here and she said mummy they had to wash the car, which then dripped in through the ac, I believe this caused her to have a attack of Croup. This has happened many times and one nebuliser at home with pulmicot and saline, does the trick. this time it was different, my daughter said mummy Im going to die, Im dying mummy, the whole way in the car my husband kept saying just keep breathing Harriet we are nearly there, I was dying in side I could not help my baby girl who was gasping for air, we are so lucky she is alive, thank god for the hospitals and staff. both my kids have asthma and have treatment for it, we had just been tell the specialist how great Harriet had been, maybe she could do sleep overs, well the answer to this is no way. I also sleep with my kids, that night I woke Harriet at 2pm, omg if I had not been next to her she could have died, all of this is freaking me out. im so so happy she is alive, but im living in fear of it happening again.

Linda - posted on 10/26/2013

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I rocked my granddaughter until she felI back asleep and put her pillow on the arm of the couch and propped her up to keep the airways clear. Tried to sit in the shower with her for the steam to help clear her airways and there was no hot water. UGH! She is finally back to sleep with her head propped up on the arm of the couch with her pillow. Her sister finally fell asleep after trying to get her to sleep too. She didnt fall asleep until 12:00am.......

Ann - posted on 02/15/2012

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My husband or I would always take our kids out in the cool night air and it would stop the coughing for the night. The cool air reduces the inflammation of the bronchial tubes which helps them breathe easier. It worked a lot better than the hot steam from the shower.

Nicky - posted on 02/14/2012

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ive never been told that my son has asthma. but if he ever gets diagnosed with it i will remember not to use vicks. im so glad he feels better now. its so scary when they cant breathe.

Nicky - posted on 02/09/2012

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my son is doing so much better then he was sunday night. he still has a small cough, but hes been doing his nebulizer treatments and taking his oral steroids & its def helping. i also havent been giving him milk because i figured it will make him have more mucus. so i have been giving him honey water. he loves honey (it also helps cough) but hates water sooo i figured id mix the honey in the water & what do you know he's been drinking it since sunday night when he had his first croup attack.

Amanda - posted on 02/06/2012

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The end of September last year my 3 yr old had it.

He had no cough or other syptoms and went to bed as normal that night.



I checked on him as usual before I went to bed and he was fine. Hubby checked on him before he went to bed maybe an hour or so later and he was having trouble breathing. In the time he had got my son out of bed and to my bedroom his lips were blue and he was having severe difficulty breathing. He was wheezing and we thought it was an asthma attack. We managed to calm him down and his breathing eased up a little bit. We decided to take him to hospital but as we were leaving the house he had another turn and started turning blue again. We called an ambulance and he was given adreneline on the way to hospital. We were kept in and then released with a course of steroids.



We were told to keep his pillow propped up at bedtime for a few days and keep him at home and quiet for about a week.



They think my sons was caused by an allergic reaction to something, we think maybe the noodles he had eaten for tea.



This was the first time he had ever had croup.

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