Sunday morning started like any other morning and the Bammer had a runny nose. She’s still teething and often has a runny nose when she teethes, so I thought this was pretty normal. She was sneezing all day! Allergies maybe? Or maybe it was just because of her runny nose…
Then Monday morning she woke up at 5am because she couldn’t breathe through her nose and sleep so well. Then she had a cough that my husband said sounded a little like croup. I hadn’t heard a croup cough before so I didn’t know what he meant. He was actually hospitalized as a child with croup so he is fully aware of what happens.
So I took the Bammer to the doctor and it turned out she did have croup, but just a little bit. As time went on throughout the day, she got worse. She could only nap if I held her and rocked her every time her coughing woke her up. It was so sad because the coughing made her cry and the crying made her wheeze. So we called the doctor and went back to get a shot that would help with the croup. Luckily she slept really well last night and her coughing is much better today.
So that’s what I was doing all day yesterday, taking care of a sick baby. I learned some things about how to help a baby with croup and thought I would share.
You’ll recognize croup by the barking type cough the baby will have which can be accompanied by wheezing when they inhale. Croup is a viral infection found in the vocal chords.
Here are some tips I learned from the doctor and also my mother-in-law of how to help croup:
1. Liquids – make sure your baby drinks lots of liquids – milk, juice, etc.
2. Warm misty shower – turn on the shower to hot and sit in the bathroom so that the baby can breathe in the steamy air. Sadly my daughter did not enjoy this because it’s supposed to work really well.
3. Cold outdoor air – Taking your child outdoors for a few minutes will also help croup. This especially helps at night when croup can be the worst and the weather is the coolest. My daughter liked this the most and it calmed her down to be outside.
4. Humidifier – Use a cool mist humidifier. We bought one yesterday at Walmart and it helped her sleep great last night.
5. Honey – My doctor suggested giving my daughter 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of honey (this is only for babies at least 1 year of age) to help thin secretions. I gave some to my daughter at lunch and I definitely think it helped.