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Croup - suggestions?

Our 7 month old boy has the croup. :( The hardest part is that every time he coughs, he bursts into tears. I don't know if it hurts his chest, or his throat, but it clearly hurts him somewhere. Poor guy. Anyway, we took him to the Dr. today and they gave him a steroid shot to help open his breathing passages, but didn't offer a lot of advice about how else to make him feel better. He's not feverish, really, but definitely is fussy and uncomfortable. He's in his crib now, sleeping fitfully. I have the vaporizer on in there to put moisture in the air. Anything else anyone has done to help a croupy baby feel better?


Asked by Mamastheword at 12:49 AM on Jan. 7, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • When he cries during an attack, it's his throat that is hurting. Croup is a virus which settles in the throat. In adults...remember that sore throat or laryngitis you had? Croup! When the little ones get it, their passages are so small that the swelling partially closes their air passages which gives them the barky cough and in some cases stridor.

    Keep him as calm as you can during an attack. It's tough with an infant, but do what you hurts, so they cry which makes them cough, which hurts so they cry which makes them cough, which hurts so they cry.......nasty cycle.

    The first three nights are usually the worst, then it's dealing with a "normal" cold. The steriods should do their job though....they work pretty quickly.

    Answer by TiccledBlue at 5:28 AM on Jan. 7, 2009

  • go into the bathroom and run the shower on hot so he can breath in the steam. adn yes it does hurt when he cries. try to tend and comfort him and much as possible. him cryign does hurt his air passages more. there really notheing you can do for croup . it one of those thigns that you gotta let it take its toll. im sorry hoped this helped.

    Answer by vadasmom at 12:54 AM on Jan. 7, 2009

  • Yep hot steamy bathroom works great. Sorry your little guy has croup, it's so scary to hear that barking cough & awful to see them cry :( He needs lots of hugs and cuddles, but I'm sure you've got that covered :-)

    Answer by mamma84 at 12:56 AM on Jan. 7, 2009

  • When our son got really bad with croup and seemed to have a lot of trouble breathing we would open his bedroom window and let the cold air in (Dr's suggestion). We also used to try the hot shower. steamy bathroom and I would just hold him and rock him

    Answer by AussieMum2 at 2:21 AM on Jan. 7, 2009

  • I agree with holding and rocking. A baby doesn't know what's happening to him, only that he feels bad and is in pain. Having a big person to hold on to, that he knows loves him, helps more than any medicine. Be careful with the steroids though, the shower suggestion will work very well for his breathing. Some Dr.'s aren't even parents, and only go by book smarts and the process of elimination. Most parent's know by expierence. I have four, and when they all get sick at once it's CRAZY. But we mom's have super powers. The sound of your heartbeat will comfort him now the same as it did in the womb, and don't be afraid to give him small amounts of diluted herbal tea. (maybe 3 ounces, daily until he's better) Tea helps the body fight off infection at any age.

    Answer by Dmommy4 at 4:20 AM on Jan. 7, 2009

  • Croup sucks.

    Moisture in the air is the biggest help. You can consider giving some Tylenol to help with the discomfort but do NOT give anything else! (cold/cough medications dry him up and make it WORSE)

    Keep the humidifier running in his room. Steam him if he has a croup attack. If it has not worked in 10 minutes, take him outside or stand in front of the open freezer to breathe cool/cold air. Steam does NOT always calm the coughing.


    Answer by TiccledBlue at 5:28 AM on Jan. 7, 2009

  • Sorry about having to split my posts. Stupid character limitation wouldn't allow me to give you all the information at once...

    Answer by TiccledBlue at 5:29 AM on Jan. 7, 2009

  • Oh...and cold liquids will help with the swelling, too! I forgot about that one....

    Warm to soothe, cold to aid in reducing swelling....

    Answer by TiccledBlue at 7:33 AM on Jan. 7, 2009

  • thanks, everyone, for the great advice! he actually did settle in and sleep pretty well last night, thankfully. i think running the humidifier in his room all night helped. he seems to feel a little better this morning--not crying every time he coughs anymore. my fingers are crossed that we're through the worst of it. but thank you for all the tips...if he gets this again i'll know what to do right away! :)

    Answer by Mamastheword at 2:12 PM on Jan. 7, 2009