Patient Comments: Croup - Signs and Concerns

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Comment from: Kscott2828, 3-6 Male (Caregiver) Published: May 08

My son is 4 years old and has been hospitalized 4 times since November. It is now April. We have even been transferred to the children's hospital. No one can figure out what is causing croup-like symptoms with stridor. It is a sudden onset. Rarely does he wake up as usual. It is usually middle of the day out of the blue. He starts to sound hoarse when he talks. Then he is short of breath. Then the stridor and rubbing starts. We go to the emergency room where they treat him with IV steroids and breathing treatments. They have admitted him each time because of the severity of it. It takes up to 8 or 9 hours for his throat to relax back to normal. Now we are all sick in our house with severe laryngitis.

Comment from: coliv, 7-12 Male (Caregiver) Published: February 11

My grandson will sleep sometimes so quietly I have to make sure he is breathing but as soon as he wakes up the coughing begins. He gets croup 2 to 3 times a year since he was 6 months old and he has asthma, both of which cause bronchitis requiring emergency room visits. One time he got so bad he did not stop coughing for 3 months! I about cried every time he had a coughing fit as I know it made his body hurt so much! He sure is a tough little guy acted like it was nothing. We all know steroids are the worst in so many ways but early use results in much less of the drug being needed 2 to 3 days versus 5 to 10 days.

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