Madaghan and the CroupPosted: January 7, 2010
From Web MD:
Croup is a common respiratory problem in young children. It tends to occur in the fall and winter. Its main symptom is a harsh, barking cough. Croup causes swelling and narrowing in the voice box, windpipe, and breathing tubes that lead to the lungs. This can make it hard for your child to breathe.
Croup usually occurs a few days after the start of a cold and is usually caused by the same viruses that cause the common cold. Croup is contagious. The germs that cause it can be passed from one person to another through coughing and sneezing and through close contact. Regular hand-washing and limiting contact with others can help prevent spreading croup to others.
As children grow older and their lungs and windpipes mature, they are less likely to get croup. Getting a flu shot each year may help your child fight off some of the viruses that can lead to croup.
So very true. The other night, Madaghan was coughing and wheezing so bad she was struggling for breath. The steam shower, the cold air, Vicks Vapor Rub, none of these old standby tricks helped her breathe any easier. Laurie and I had one foot out the door heading to the ER. Finally, she fell asleep.
We both called in to work. Why both of us? Well, Laurie got about one hour of sleep and was exhausted so she was worried she could not be home alone with Maddie. I stayed home so Laurie could get some sleep and I would take of the endless ball of energy.
We had a 10:30 appointment and things went well. The doctor basicly told us what is written above from Web Md. She added that because Maddie is small, her windpipes are more prone to being narrowed by the virus. The doctor also suggested that instead of going outside for a blast of cold air, try opening the freezer door. Thanks Doc. Good idea. Why didn’t I think of it? dammit.
So now Maddie is on steroids to help keep her airway open at night. The drawback is they make her hyper. Like super hyper. Imagine giving a chimpanzee 6 red bulls. Like that hyper.
We’ll get through it. I feel sorry for her teachers at daycare. Wait…I pay them how much a month…? Nevermind, I don’t feel bad any longer.