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January 26th, 2011, 06:48 PM
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I know a few of you ladies have dealt with croup lately - can you all give me the run down of what to look for?

Sunday night my step daughters mom called and asked if she could spend the night bec/ her other brother was sick and they were taking him to the hospital bec/ he was having trouble breathing. Turns out he had croup... so my step daughter was with him while he was sick, then came here and spent the night here.

Now, M has a little something going on. I looked up the signs of croup and its runny nose, which he has... and a "barking" cough, which he doesnt have. He has a cough but its a "wet" cough and what i read said that is not croup.But, i'm totally paranoid. I'm ALREADY paranoid about him stopping breathing in general for some reason (just a weird phobia i have, hence us having an Angelcare monitor) so now i'm afraid he's going to be sick and have trouble breathing in the middle of the night (what i read said it gets worse at night)... plus, we just got a ton of snow and dh has to stay at his friends house bec/ he works an hour away and its not safe for him to come home! Sigh.

I'm assuming its probably just a cold since its a "wet" cough like i said but can anyone tell me what else to look for to make sure its not croup?

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January 26th, 2011, 07:12 PM
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Kerrington has had croup twice in the last 6 weeks and what it sounds like is Mikey doesn't have it. The "Barking" cough is the one that's for sure croup and it's HORRIBLE at night. There breathing isn't to bad with it as the cough gets so bad that it can make kids under a year throw up from the coughing.

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January 26th, 2011, 07:26 PM
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Hmm okay, yeah so far his cough sounds phlegmy - like he's trying to cough something up and its usually the worst if he's eating or drinking - definitely not "barking" sounding as they called it.

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January 26th, 2011, 07:54 PM
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My DS had croup once as a toddler.. He didn't have any other symptoms except a slight fever, and a seal-barking type cough.. He was fine all day and then when we put him bed, I kept hearing this dog bark next door.. which was odd since our apartment complex had a strict no pets policy.. my DH was like "thats jaiden" It was a REALLY nasty cough... And dry.
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January 26th, 2011, 08:04 PM
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There's no mistaking croup when they have it. They literally sound like a barking seal and yes it's much worse at night.

You can crack a window, take them outside or run a shower and sit in the steamy bathroom. Also have a cool mist humidifier running in the room.
I called the doc many times and took Luke in and they all said that as long as they can stop coughing, then it's okay. If they continue to have the barky cough even after doing all of the above and can't seem to control it, then to take them in asap.

It doesn't sound like he has croup.. just a cold.. but at least you know to look for it now. Good luck! hope he feels better

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January 26th, 2011, 08:16 PM
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Thanks! I feel much better knowing that i'll recognize the cough if he has it. If we hadnt had the situation with my step daughter croup wouldnt have occurred to me but it had me worried since he was sort of exposed.

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January 27th, 2011, 07:16 AM
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I didn't see your post when I posted mine about addisyn. It doesn't sound like he had it. I really strongly believe Addisyn has it, as to when she coughed she threw up or got extremely close to it.
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