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croup?

i just took my DD to the ER b/c of her fever. she had a "seal cough" last night but all day she has had a fever and she wouldn't take her tylenol or motrin at all. she had only had one cup of juice and one wet diaper. so i was worried she would get dhydrated, and her reg dr can't see her til tues. anyways, they said she has croup, gave her a steroid and said it will go away on its own. there is nothing i can give her meds wise to make it go away except to continue to give motrin for the fever sore throat. they made no suggestions other than just hold her and make her feel better for if she wakes with the cough again tonight. so any suggestions?

 
vabchmommy

Asked by vabchmommy at 8:25 PM on Apr. 10, 2009 in Health

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  • Calm your child. Croup can be frightening for your child. Crying will make the stridor sound much worse. It is important to keep your child relaxed by cuddling and staying calm yourself. Sit baby upright in your lap, play soft music, sing lullabies, read a story. If breastfeeding, offer the great pacifier.

    Steam up the bathroom. Humidity helps clear child's breathing passages. Turn on the hot shower in your bathroom and close the door. While keeping your child calm, sit with them on your lap in the steamy bathroom. You should see some improvement in about ten minutes.

    Inhalation of cool mist. If you have a cool mist humidifier or vaporizer, let your child breathe directly in front of the stream of mist. Once the child improves, keep the mist flowing near the bed for the rest of the night. If you only have a hot mist vaporizer, you can still use it but don't get too close, as child can get burned.

    Cool night air.
    peggy353

    Answer by peggy353 at 9:14 PM on Apr. 10, 2009

  • When my son had Croup last fall they suggested a humidifier, when we told them that we didn't have one they said that running a hot shower, shutting the bathroom door and sitting in there with him would help as well.
    dedicatedrider

    Answer by dedicatedrider at 8:30 PM on Apr. 10, 2009

  • ok perfect, i have a humidifier and was wondering if that would help at all. but they just kept giving the run around about it. i love this ER b/c they never make her wait and never argue with me about the wasting time trying to give her stuff orally, but when it comes to questions they aren't so great. so thank you
    vabchmommy

    Answer by vabchmommy at 8:34 PM on Apr. 10, 2009

  • lots of love and lots of fluid
    if she goes too long w/o yet diaper call for ped on call
    mommymeg03

    Answer by mommymeg03 at 8:52 PM on Apr. 10, 2009

  • Popcicles! They will help to hydrate her and will be soothing on her throat :-)
    maggiemom2000

    Answer by maggiemom2000 at 9:25 PM on Apr. 10, 2009

  • A vaporizer running when your child is sleeping. Run the shower with really HOT water and sit in the bathroom with her in the steam. If it is cool or even cold outside at night, wrap her in a blanket and sit outside with her, the cold air will help clear her lungs out. She will get better, she will get it again and again but she will also outgrow it. Hope she feels better really soon. Push the fluids or popsicles or jello to keep her hydrated. You could put the Mortrin in a few ounces of juice and have her drink the juice but make sure she drinks all of it at one time.
    tyfry7496

    Answer by tyfry7496 at 10:10 PM on Apr. 10, 2009

  • will she really get it again and again? i mean shes 3 and never had it before now? i've tried the motrin in the juice/tylenol in the juice deal, she is old enough so that she figures it out and refuses to even drink out of the cup it was in, even if i empty it, rinse it out and refill it in front of her
    vabchmommy

    Answer by vabchmommy at 11:08 PM on Apr. 10, 2009

  • I wouldn't worry about the fact that she won't take the tylenol/motrin. That is not going to help her get better. It won't hurt her to run a fever. Just keep her hydrated.
    Some kids are prone to croup (mine are) and will get it over and over. There is no way of knowing if this is the only time, or just the first of many! Hang in there!
    maggiemom2000

    Answer by maggiemom2000 at 11:41 PM on Apr. 10, 2009

  • Peggy had the best advice. It was just what I was going to say. Get in the bathroom and run the hot shower. Croup sounds terrible and when they cry it just makes it worse. I have been there, so I feel for ya. Good luck.
    momofsaee

    Answer by momofsaee at 10:39 AM on Apr. 11, 2009

  • well thanks for the advice ladies! she didn't wake up at all last night so i'm guessing the steroids they gave her at the er helped. we'll see how tonight goes.
    vabchmommy

    Answer by vabchmommy at 3:36 PM on Apr. 11, 2009

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