my 22 month son has croop dose any one know what i can do to stop it caming agan and agan.

Belinda - posted on 03/13/2010 ( 10 moms have responded )

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it keep caming back and when he gets it it knocks him for 6.

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T - posted on 03/13/2010

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Croup is such a scarey illness. It is viral, I believe, so your son is getting it like any cold. Does your son go to day care or does he have allergies and or asthma?

My daughter had croup once and it scared the heck out of me as we were rushing her to the hospital with 911 on the phone b/c she was in respiratory distress. At the time I didn't know what was going on was croup, so I became quite alarmed. I believe croup begins like a cold with sneezing and a running nose. So once you observe those symptoms perhaps, you can give like claritan to alleviate the symptoms. Check with your pediatrican and see what he/she says. I'm sure like any prevention of a virus, washing hands and being germ conscious it a biggy!

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Alicia - posted on 03/19/2010

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My son has had croup several times. He already takes breathing treatments, so they gave me some inhaled steroids that really help.

Tracy - posted on 03/18/2010

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steroids definitely help.. i mean there's no cure, but the steroids open up the airways ,so they still have the cold but they can breathe. defintely helps... and as far as switching daycares (someone's post), unless you can find a place that never has cold germs (impossible) there's no reason to switch! croup is a cold symptom, like runny nose or sneezing.. it is not a separate illness

Annah - posted on 03/17/2010

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My son gets it even when he's not been sick. My husband is a doc and he says there is nothing you can do but to let it run it's course. I also get the croup as an adult. When it starts do a cool humidifier at night steamy bathroom for when he can't stop coughing. You prob know that already but That's all I have to offer I hope it helps.

Jackie - posted on 03/17/2010

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I am actually dealing with it right now for the second time. She is thirteen months old but the first time she had it, she was 8 months old and I thought I was going to lose it. I laid her down for bed and she started coughing, then chocking, then gasping, then she actually stoppped beathing brefiely. It was the scariest moment in my entire life, to say the least.

They gave her steriods to bring down the swelling in her throat and said to use a cool mist humidifier or bring her outside in the cool air.

She has again and it just started with a runny nose. The moment I heard that familiar cough, I ttok her to the doctor and it didn't half as bad as the last time. THANK GOD!!

Tracy - posted on 03/17/2010

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i have tons of experience with croup, since my (almost 4 yr old) has had it several times.. croup is a symptom, not a disease.. it only occurs in little ones because when they get a cold virus, their airways are more narrow than adults.. so, when the airways swell (as they always do when we are sick with a respiratory illness, such as a cold or allergies) they can't breathe. my dr says some kids are just prone to it. however, if they get it 3 or 4 times a winter, it's worth going to a specialist. cold air humidifier should be on in baby's room whenever he/she gets a cold.. when the attack comes, steam from the shower and/or going outside in cold air helps. see your dr for prednasalone, an oral steroid.. this will open up the airways and prevent another bad night, as the 2nd and 3rd nights are typically worse than the first

Lea - posted on 03/16/2010

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I would ask that your doctor find out exactly what is causing it - virus or bacteria, and what strain. That will help develop a treatment plan. I agree that he needs a humidifier, and if he is getting it from daycare I would take him out or switch him to a different one.

Stacey - posted on 03/15/2010

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My daughter suffered from re-current croup from the age 2-4 years old - almost monthly, and my son has had it a couple of times now (he's 23 months) i found boiling a kettle by their bed over and over to really steam up the room (obviously while your in the room and they are cant touch it) and getting them to drink warm drinks helps relax and moisten their throats and loosens the mucus and at least helps the attack pass quickly. It is a viral thing young kids seem to get and unfortutely you cant really prevent it, but they do grow out of it.

Katie - posted on 03/13/2010

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When my son had it we were told to use a cold air humidifyer (which I kept running in his room and it really helped at night since thats when its the worst.) or open the freezer door, even the hot steam in the bathroom for a while works. It all helps to open the airways in the throat. My son's doc also gave him a steroid to take 2x a day for 3 days. Your right, it is a very scary thing. the good thing is that it only lasts about 3 days.

Lauren - posted on 03/13/2010

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have you been to the doctors to find out what's causing it to come back again and again? my son had croup once when he was around 6 months old (he's 15 months now) and it was pretty worrying. but he's only had it once.........

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