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BR: croup

So now we are pretty sure Nolan has croup. I swear, daycare is killing me. Anyway, the nurses line listened to him cough and his other symptoms and agreed that is what it sounds like. She said it was "up to me" on whether to bring him in or not but that the only treatments they can do are breathing treatments and steroids. Of course she reminded me about a steamy bathroom, cold night air, etc.

He is happy and normal during the day (well, he has a cold and coughs but it doesn't bother him much). At night it gets worse. This started on Sunday night, so last night was night 4. I read on Dr. Sears' website that croup usually peaks around day 2 or 3. Last night was considerably better than the previous 3 (coughing only woke him 3x).

So, my question. Would you wait it out another day and keep trying the at-home treatments or just take him in? (agaaaaain). He isn't struggling to breathe, and has no wheezing/etc. going on.

My gut says to wait it out but I swear, this parenting stuff is hard! I want him to be better obviously, but I also don't want to pump him full of steroids if it'll get better on it's own like I've read. 

Experiences, thoughts? 

Re: BR: croup

  • If he seems to be better today, I'd wait another day.

    I hope he feels better! Sick babies break my heart!

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  • A friend of mine's son(who is now 13) had croup.  He told me all about running from a steamy bathroom to cold night air to help him.  He also had to go to the hospital for the treatments too.

    If the symptoms are only happening at night, you would have to take him to an urgent care or ER if it gets bad--maybe the treatments now would avoid that?

    I would take Elle in just for my piece of mind.

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  • See I keep going back and forth between what you both said, haha. One hour I'm like "gosh, he seems fine." And then the next I want to cry because the cough just sounds so bad. Uggghh!
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    See I keep going back and forth between what you both said, haha. One hour I'm like "gosh, he seems fine." And then the next I want to cry because the cough just sounds so bad. Uggghh!

    I know and then you take them in and they display no symptoms.  But when I did take elle to get her ears checked the 4th time--she had no symptoms but had 2 raging infections and they were ready to burst(hence the surgery).

    You never know, I just trust my doc and if I was coming in unneccessarily she would tell me.

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  • You're right Amy... I just hate that I've already been once for "just a cold" (I was worried about his ears), and for pinkeye one week ago. I feel like they are going to flag my folder with "worrywart" or something. haha. But I know I'm just going to keep stressing until the dr tells me he's fine..
  • I would go in because if they can give/prescribe you a nebulizer for at home breathing treatments it will be really helpful.  
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  • I think it depends on your peace of mind.  From what you're saying, it sounds like he's starting to get better.  If he starts to show signs of trouble breathing, you must go in.  These include breathing fast, seeing his neck and/or rib muscles when he breaths, nasal flaring - nose holes getting wider.  If he he has high pitched wheezing sound when he's sleeping or not doing anything, i'd also take him in.
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  • Ugh! That sucks. Poor guy.

    If I were you, I would wait. I think it's best to avoid doctor's offices because they are full of lots of germs.

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  • I would probably wait.

    Nora had croup (or, the nurse told us it was likely croup) when we went to Charleston in February. Of course, she came down with it the night before we were leaving. We had to leave our house at 7 a.m. for the airport, so we didn't have a choice to take her in. After being up all night with Nora and her wicked cough, I called the on-call line at like 5:30 a.m., and the NP listened over the phone and said it sounded like croup. We did the steamy bathroom/cold air thing, then went on our trip.

    They told us to watch her for signs of difficult breathing, and to take her to an urgent care/ER down in SC if we needed.

    When we arrived in Charleston, she had another terrible night, but our second night there, she slept completely normally. It took several days for the cough/congestion to go away completely, but like you're saying, it was obvious she was improving.

    We never did take her to the doc. But like others said, it's completely up to you!

  • Thank you so much everyone. I'm going to give it one more day because he truly seems like he's on the upswing today. We have an awesome Urgent Care a couple of minutes away that we could always use if he gets worse after hours.

    And Amanda, I appreciate your input! Those are the exact things Dr. Sears' website said to watch for so I'm glad I'm reading the correct info. Thanks! 

  • Good luck!

    I know it sucks. Nora has a dry, hacking cough right now, but it seems to affect her mostly at night. The last two nights, I've heard a little coughing fit a few times over the monitor, but when I go in to check on her, she's still sleeping.

    This morning, I even heard quiet little wheezing sounds from her, but I'm about 99% sure the wheezing was coming from her nose, not from her lungs. She probably just had boogers. :) But we're on the same type of "watch" that you are to make sure that things don't get worse.

    It's definitely nice to have urgent care centers close by... we have one, too!

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    You're right Amy... I just hate that I've already been once for "just a cold" (I was worried about his ears), and for pinkeye one week ago. I feel like they are going to flag my folder with "worrywart" or something. haha. But I know I'm just going to keep stressing until the dr tells me he's fine..

    I have taken Charlie in a couple of times and it just turns out to be nothing. At this age I think it is better to be safe than sorry. They can't really tell you what is wrong or what is going on. Since the weekend is coming up I would take him in if he wasn't sounding better tonight.  We try to avoid the ER at all cost. If it turns out to be nothing oh well, Nolan just wanted to go see his doctor, if it does turn out to be something then you won't beat yourself up over not taking him.

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