My son is almost 2 and suffers with croup.

Ffion - posted on 03/31/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My son will be 2 in May and suffers with croup. He first had it in July 2009 at 14 months and has since had it again twice. On 2 occassions we had to phone for an ambulance, the first they rushed him straight to hospital on a nebulizer, the second they sorted him at home and then told us to drive him ourselves to A&E for a rountine check up as he was still wheezing.

He usually has it for 4-6 days, the first 3 days just having the horrendous bark like cough, then followed by a constant snotty nose and temperature until he is finally back to his normal self.

Every time he gets it, i usually take him to see our GP but its pointless. They cant help, they can't perscribe anything and say the same thing every time; prop him up while he sleeps!

Its awful because it so scary when he is at his worst, has a coughing fit and then cannot breathe properly. He has a small asthma pump and chamber but getting him to take it is impossible as he is terrified by it and it only stresses him out even more. On the rae occassion we have managed him to take a few breathes from it, it doesn't help as much as i'd like it to and doesn't last for very long!

He is always propped up during his sleep, has been sleeping with a pillow since he was about 12 months. We have tried different cough medicines for his age which dont do much....

Any tips or any home remedies that anyone knows of would be a great help! Ive been told to get a humidifier - but they are soo expensive!

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Kim - posted on 04/02/2010

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Humidifiers are not that expensive. You can find one in Walmart for under $20, well worth it. My son had croup with every cold or sickness until he was 7. Even now he will get a cold and have a nasty cough for weeks. They gave us Tussin with Codiene and it didn't work. He missed a lot of school because of a stupid cough.

Outside cool air helps with their breathing as does running the shower and having them breathe in the steam. Good luck and try Walmart for the humidifier.

Lady - posted on 04/01/2010

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My son has it when he was abour 18 months old but grew out of it very quickly - I know it's upsetting but one of the most impotant thing you can do is stay calm - children pick up so easily on stress and it's the one thing that makes attacks worse -so if you can take a few deep breaths and think he's going to be fine then it will help as much as the steam - good luck and here's hoping he grows out of it soon Gx

Ffion - posted on 04/01/2010

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Thanks for your advice. Just so scary and dreading him getting it all the time as it can be so unpredictable. The doc suggested boiling a kettle in his room while he isnt in there, before he goes to bed. But it was pointless as once he was in bed, it had gone from the room. Will defo try that next time (wish there wasnt a next time though!) Have been told most children suffer with it up until the age of 5 years old.

Lady - posted on 04/01/2010

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When he is having a bad attach take him into the bathroom shut the door and run either the hot water or the shower to steam up the bathroom, the steam is like a cheep humidifier and helps to ease his breathing. Either that or try boiling the kettle without the lid on next to his bed. In both case be VERY careful of hot water aroung children.

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