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48. The Croup — how we stopped our son Luke’s barking cough (part 1)

Our middle son Luke, now a strong and buff Jiu Jitsu teacher, seemed to be the most susceptible of our 3 boys to illnesses when he was little. He used to often get bad croup cough when he was a baby and young boy.

Since we live on the coast the air is usually cool, windy foggy most of the year. Often in the evenings, at bedtime or middle of the night I would hear Luke coughing with a weird sound, sounding like a barking seal.

Croup is a viral infection called laryngotracheobronchitis, usually in children  six months to three years in colder seasons. Croup can include a runny nose and brassy cough, incubation period is 2-6 days. Like all viruses, antibiotics do NOT help. Your body must fight it off.

croup cough sounds different than normal deep wet cough

croup cough sounds like a barking seal, different than normal deep wet cough. It is due to virus in the larynx, trachea and bronchiole

It is a very frightening thing seeing your little baby gasping for breath.

And the worse he coughed, the more his eyes would panic, that he couldn’t get enough air to breathe, and the more frightened he got, even starting to cry, which made it all worse!

Croup also can have “inspiratory stridor” a raspy noise when you breath in (might sound like wheezing)

The pattern of croup symptoms  is usually worse at night and better during the day. The croup returns each night but gradually gets better in a few days, says. If the person with croup gets anxious or agitated that makes the coughing worse.

Croup causes inflammation, swelling and the buildup of mucus in the larynx, trachea (windpipe) and bronchial tubes in your lungs. Since younger infants and children have smaller airways,they are the most affected by croup.  older children often just get normal cold symptoms from the same virus.

Other croup symptoms can include a hoarse voice, decreased appetite and a fever, which is usually low grade, but may rise up to 104 degrees F.


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