Techie Tuesday today is about the latest in medical news from the Hansen House. We’re keeping the doctors at the local ER hopping these days!
Baby Girl went to the ER Sunday night with what turned out to be croup.
It was nerve-wracking to hear our kid literally gasping for breath, but everyone survived and Babykins is doing great.
What is croup?
I didn’t really know, so I thought y’all might not either. Croup is a swelling of the voice box (larynx) and windpipe (trachea). It’s more dangerous in kids because their airways are smaller than ours but we get it too.
- It can be caused by allergies, bacteria, or inhaling an irritant, but it’s usually a virus.
- Most of the time, the Big Bad is the parainfluenza virus, but other viruses like RSV, adenovirus, influenza, or the measles can also trigger croup.
- Croup is most common in kids between 6 months and 3 years but any age can get it.
- The illness is most common between October-March. THREE peeps from the ER said it’s “croup season right now.”
- Most cases of croup today are not serious, but severe cases can require hospitalization.
Treatments for croup:
Our ER doc was fantastic. He’s a dad and said that on the East Coast, they’d treat croup like this at home:
- Keep the humidifier on overnight (cool-air is best).
- Leave the windows open if you can.
- The airways are most likely to swell and get blocked during sleep so if your kid wakes up, take them into a steamy bathroom for 10 minutes, then either go outside if you live in a cold area, or open the freezer if you’re here on the West Coast.
He said it works like a charm for croup and asthma. Baby Girl got a single oral dose of steroids and she was dramatically improved by Monday morning.
Here are more home remedies from the Mayo Clinic.
Note about steroids:
I’m not a huge fan of steroids, so I was a little antsy-pants about giving them to my daughter. I felt a lot better after I read this great article on steroid use in the treatment for croup.
I just wanted to see if there were any side effects we weren’t told about because she was SO much better the next day. The only thing I saw across three websites was hunger and mild crabbiness with prednisone but no one mentioned anything about the dexamethasone they’re using for croup.
Have you or your loved ones ever had croup? How did you treat it? What do you know?? Enquiring minds want your wisdom here at More Cowbell!