Patient Comments: Croup - Symptoms


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Comment from: Mom4life , 7-12 Female (Caregiver) Published: May 09

My daughter will be 8 years old in a little over a week and she’s had the classic barking cough and stuffy nose for 2 days now. Tonight she started a fever. We sat outside in the cold air for a bit and gave Motrin. We’ll do this until the croup passes, like it has in the past, for her and my other 3 kids. It can be very concerning when you hear that cough. If your child has enlarged tonsils or adenoids, like our youngest does, it can be more alarming and diligence with monitoring is important.

Comment from:, 3-6 Male (Caregiver) Published: November 18

My mother is suffering from dizziness and vomiting. She can’t hear from one ear and this vertigo happened once a month. But these days it is happening once a week.

Comment from: mom of_Tand_H, 3-6 Female (Caregiver) Published: January 27

My 5 year old went to bed fine at 7:45 pm and at 11:15 pm she has severe trouble breathing. She sounded odd and strange, struggling to get the next breath. It was scary, she had a 101.8 fever. Her face was nearly purple. I held her up for a few hours. Put a warm wash cloth on her and gave her Vicks vapor rub. She coughed and coughed more and more struggle to breath. At 4:00 am I was ready to take her to the ER. About that time she finally fell asleep on me. At 8:30 am she woke up and began the whole thing again. We went directly to our Peds. Dr. and he knew by what he called the barking seal sound that she had croup. He gave us steroids and to monitor her. It was very, very scary.

Comment from: 3-6 Female (Caregiver) Published: November 02

My daughter is 3 and she, gets croup at least 3 times a year, and she never has any symptoms, she is fine all day long no cough, no runny nose, no nothing, put her to bed and between 1 and 2 she wakes up and can't breathe, this happens every time, I take her out if it is cold out so she can breathe in the cool air, but the last two nights it has been in the 40's so I give her some coke (pop), and it opens up her air ways, I will always keep a 2 liter on hand just in case.

Comment from: Steph, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 26

I nearly died from the croup when I was 9 months old, in 1957. My mom said I was choking and she picked me up and patted me on the back until I coughed up the mucous plug. The doctor smeared vicks on me and pinned diapers around me. Though it is rare for older children and adults to get it, it can and does happen. Even as an adult, I still get it some years. I also have COPD and asthma. I'm not sure if that's a cause of having the croup when I was a baby, but have often wondered. The doctors don't seem to be able to answer that one.

Comment from: lorriel, 7-12 Female (Caregiver) Published: April 18

My daughter is 7 years old and has had a barky cough for the past few days, with it becoming worse at night. She has no fever. I’m curious if it can still be considered croup since there is no fever present.

Comment from: Poetgal35, 3-6 Female (Caregiver) Published: January 25

My daughter has already had croup twice, I am glad to know that our kids doctor is there to help out but I am also frustrated that she hasn't shaken it yet.

Comment from: Catrina, 3-6 Male (Caregiver) Published: December 10

I have two children. An 8 year old girl who has had the barky cough but never any of the other scary symptoms. My son who is now 4 has had two episodes in the last two months with croup. The first time I rushed him to the hospital because he came in my room not being able to talk, breathe, and was coughing that barky cough constantly. I had no warning he went to bed fine both times and woke up freaking out around 2 to 3 a.m. He refused to lie down and calm down I thought he had just had a night terror. The emergency department gave him a breathing treatment and that helped him a lot. They let me know that next time I could do the warm steamy shower breathing thing and this is what I did last night. It was still really scary for him and me but it did work. I do not wish this on anyone but if it does happen to your child stay calm because if you freak out they freak out and it makes it worse.

Comment from: michelle732, 0-2 Female (Caregiver) Published: September 17

My daughter is just back from the hospital after getting steroids. She went to bed no symptoms at all but woke up at 12 am and could hardly breath. I rushed her to the hospital not knowing what it was. They thought they would have to keep her in but thankfully the steroids worked. Now I have a 4 year old and a 2 1/2 year old (the one with croup) who's also autistic.

Comment from: motherof3, 25-34 Female (Caregiver) Published: March 28

My son is 17 months old. He has been coughing for four days and having fevers off and on. He then started to cough over and over, and began making "wheezing sounds" -- like the Darth Vader breathing. He started to breathe heavier and faster. I took him to urgent care because he wasn’t breathing normally, and he just seemed like he was having trouble breathing, which was very frightening. The doctor right away said that it is croup. The doctor gave him a breathing treatment and a shot of corticosteroid in his leg for the inflammation around his vocal cords and trachea.


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

My daughter is 22 months and woke up sounding raspy. I just figured she had a chest cold and gave her ibuprofen for her fever. That night she woke up with a fever of 103.6 she was beat red and her chest was sucking in with every breath. I tried to give her more ibuprofen but the coughing caused her to vomit. We took her to the hospital she received breathing treatments and steroids and a suppository Tylenol. I will never wait to take her to the doctor again when she has breathing difficulty better safe than sorry. I could barely hear her on the monitor I easily could have slept through it I am so happy I checked on her.

Comment from: Patrice, 0-2 (Caregiver) Published: May 03

Both of my children have experienced croup at one time or another and it is terrifying. Between my two kids, we have dealt with croup three times now. All three times, the only "warning" was a few days with a runny nose. Then, out of the blue one night, they will wake up with a barking cough and stridor (wheezing and difficulty breathing). I have been amazed at the effectiveness of treating them with cool air! We didn't know about this with the first illness and ended up in the hospital for breathing treatments. The subsequent two times though, when my daughter was ill, we just bundled her up and took her outside for a few minutes or held her in front of an open freezer. The relief was almost instant!

Comment from: tired...., 0-2 Male (Caregiver) Published: March 28

I am taking care of two children under 2 years of age. One has croup and their mother took him to an urgent care facility that told her it was bronchitis, and gave her antibiotics! Today the child was taken to a children's hospital that gave him oral and injected steroids. We put eucalyptus on the bottoms of the feet and boiled tea tree oil on the stove to keep the air clean. We also use tea tree and eucalyptus in the tub with the shower steam, and then take him outside to breathe cool air. The vaporizer with eucalyptus and humidifier are running 24/7. We offer apple sauce, baby food, vegetables, soft cooked eggs, and cold water 24/7.


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