Patient Comments: Croup - Treatments

Have you cared for someone with croup? What treatment has been effective?

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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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