Patient Comments: Croup - Treatments


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Comment from: Piotr, 3-6 Female (Caregiver) Published: July 06

First thing to do is to calm down the child so he/she needs less breathing. Second thing is cold air, and third thing is inhalation from steroid. A croup attack passes after around 30 to 60 minutes. Scary. When it is bad call ambulance.

Comment from: My three sons, Male (Patient) Published: November 18

All three of my children have suffered from croup. The most effective way of dealing with it for us is to go straight outside if it's colder than 50 degrees. The colder the better. If it isn't cold outside I literally put their face in the freezer. The croupy cough usually clears up within a minute and they have relief. It's important to take them to the doctor the next day in order to get steroids or you will be in the same boat, if not worse, the following night!

Comment from: Tibble22, 0-2 Female (Caregiver) Published: October 16

I was trying to pull apart two of my dogs while they were fighting with each other, lost my grip and flew about 15 feet and landed on my tailbone. I take a painkiller regularly for several types of arthritis so I have felt minimum pain except when I am sitting on a hard surface. Icing the tailbone helped initially but now it's just a matter of time.

Comment from: mammy, 3-6 Female (Caregiver) Published: November 25

My son has had this since he was 1. Steamy bathroom air and a calming chest massage showing the child how to breathe slowly, help. It’s important to calm the child in this situation because any panic will be felt immediately by the child and worsens the disposition. Keep a calm head, it will pass. I only had to give him cortisone once during a severe case otherwise once I hear the cough emerging I’ll do a foot bath before the fever breaks as he is usually cold, massage his chest and back with a suitable aetheric oil cream to open the pathways. Following this I will give him a diclofenac preparation to relieve swelling. It is usually gone within 2 to 3 days.

Comment from: Akstat, 35-44 Female (Caregiver) Published: November 08

My son is 5 and he's has had croup and stridor since he is 15 months old. It is very scary for me. He gets it 2 to 3 times a year between October and February. He starts out symptomless except for slight runny nose. He doesn’t seem sick, but at night he will awake suddenly with acute croup and high pitch stridor sound on inspiration. We have a routine we have car keys ready, shoes and coats by the door because he get it so bad we need to get to the ER for racemic epinephrine. This drug can only be given at the hospital so we do not wait for ambulance as time is essential to get help. We also use cool mist and steam vaporizers during winter. The croup barking cough is one thing but if your child has stridor, high pitched inspiration get to the ER and stay calm and tell your child he or she will be just fine and that you need to take him for medicine. Drive with the windows down the whole way to the ER. The cold air shocks the lungs and opens the airways temporarily.

Comment from: Zeropoint, 3-6 Female (Caregiver) Published: June 22

A mixture of ionic and nanoparticle silver at a concentration of 10 ppm in a nebulizer or ultrasonic humidifier, projected at the head of bed while the child is asleep helps. The silver will kill the croup infection in 2 or 3 days and the moisture helps the child breathe.

Comment from: Sarah, 3-6 Female (Caregiver) Published: February 24

My four year young daughter has croup at the moment. I had to race her to the hospital five nights ago as she woke and couldn"t breathe. The pediatrician at the hospital diagnosed an ear infection. Yes, an ear infection, with secondary symptoms of runny nose and sore throat due to the ear infection. I argued for a second opinion, stating I believed it was croup and finally got my second opinion. I was right – it was croup. It was diagnosed by the senior pediatric doctor within two minutes due to my daughter’s cough. The ear infection was the secondary infection. My daughter is on the mend now, but I have had it for two days, and my father came down with the sore throat today. It"s very contagious, so please don"t send your child to preschool, school, etc., when they"re sick.

Comment from: Houston Mother, 0-2 Female (Caregiver) Published: August 17

My daughter was diagnosed with croup at the age of 11 months. It was really frightening for us. We put her to bed with mild cold symptoms, and she woke up crying in the middle of the night with the horrible wheeze that is described. We visited the doctor that day, so I called the on-call doctor to tell them about her new status. Our doctor advised us to call if wheezing occurred. The on-call doctor immediately diagnosed her with croup as soon as he heard her wheezing. She was given a steroid treatment at the doctor, and we were given a prescription to continue the treatment for the next five days. Luckily, she stopped wheezing on the third day of treatment. She was extremely fussy for the entire illness and the medicine gave her insomnia for the last two days of the treatments. She wasn’t sleeping much before that since it was hard for her to breathe. Praise the Lord, she finally slept again and turned back into my wonderful little baby girl.


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Comment from: crelov, 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: December 17

What has worked for my children as well as grandchildren is to steam the bathroom up and sit with them for 5 to 10 minutes, as well as a vaporizer (Vicks).

Comment from: 0-2 Female (Caregiver) Published: May 02

I am a private, home-based child care provider. I am very concerned when parents bring their children to the program with that "barking" cough and calmly state, "It’s OK – it’s just croup." I did some research, and found croup is very contagious. In most cases, when a child has an infectious disease, they are required to stay at home until the illness has passed and they are no longer contagious. A doctor’s note is required for readmission. Teachers, staff, and other participants in the program have to be protected. So why are parents up in arms when told they need to care for their child at home until the child is released by their doctor?

Comment from: Caring Mommy, 3-6 Female (Caregiver) Published: November 29

What works best for my toddler when she has croup (& she has it about twice a year) is giving her 1 tsp of Children's Advil & also Albuterol through a Nebulizer, both two times per day. The second doses are given close to bed time because nights are the worst. I also push fluids as much as possible and shy away from milk, especially warm milk. We watch her very closely, especially at night. She sleeps with us when she is sick.

Comment from: Spiritlifter, 0-2 Female (Caregiver) Published: October 31

This is my first time encountering this infection. I am a foster parent to an 11 month old and she got it really quick. I noticed she had a runny nose and figured she was getting a cold. Then all of a sudden last night she started this barking and her ribs seemed to be kind of showing. Had I known I would have taken her outside, but instead thinking it was because of her stuffy nose I rubbed her down with some Vicks (I thought I was doing something old school for something simple like bronchitis). But when I noticed the barking was getting worse and she was crying more I took her to the ER. She was still her usual self, (playful, and getting in to stuff) but she was just getting irritable quicker. I wasn’t too worried but I just had never heard her bark like that before. They gave her a steroid shot and I gave her juice to keep her hydrated. She is still active but I did notice that when it came to time to sleep she would get more irritable and whining than usual. So I had to do some reading on this and now I know why. I placed some warm herbal tea with apple juice for sweetener in her bottle (chamomile) and rubbed her down again with the Vicks, so far she is sleeping soundly.

Comment from: jgranillo, 0-2 Female (Caregiver) Published: September 07

Our little girl started out with the slightest cold and fever but she was also teething so didn't think anything of it. The next day it had got worse. Wheezing but has asthma. Took her to the doctor's and said nothing was wrong. That night she got worse .She could barely breathe, fever at 103 and couldn't get it down and she lost her voice. Started to turn blue. We rushed her to the ER and that's when they said she had croup. She was in the hospital for 2 days. It took them a day and a half to get it under control. It was very scary. We went home and each day it got better. But as soon as you see your child having a hard time breathing you need to take them in.

Comment from: Car88rie, 3-6 Female (Caregiver) Published: January 10

My daughter just turned 3 and she has breathing problems. She had RSV when she was born and she sees a doctor for it until this day. She has a fever of 100.1. I have to give her breathing treatments and have a ventilator when sleeping.

Comment from: hcramer3, 0-2 Male (Caregiver) Published: December 19

My son is 4 months old. We took him to the ER and they said he has Croup. They instructed us to use a cool mist humidifier also wrote us 2 prescriptions one for a steroid the other for an antibiotic. They also said to give him breathing treatments every 4 hours. They told us to rotate Tylenol and Motrin every 4 hours as needed for the fever and suction him out fairly often.

Comment from: Croup patroller, 0-2 Female (Caregiver) Published: September 02

It's not even fall yet and my 18 month old came down with croup last night. Her pediatrician gave her a steroid shot and not even ten minutes and she was no longer lethargic nor was barky sounding as she did the night before. Now my issue (which I'd rather deal with this than that) is that she's restless and is not sleeping well. I guess steroids will affect some more than others.


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