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The Tell-Tale Signs of Croup

It was in the midst of a whirlwind weekend that we discovered our little girl may have the croup.

What began as a runny nose and mild fever, turned into the tell-tale; wheezy, barking cough of croup. Our first never got it, and while I’d read about it, (knowing that it was rather common-place for babies to get), I of course was still rattled.

I mean, have you ever heard a croup cough? Rather disturbing, not the ‘normal’ sounding cough due to a flu or cold. Although, Lil’ Abner didn’t seem bothered a bit. She was happy, playful and her sweet, effervescent self. My little trooper.

Another sign that we were not dealing with the average cold was the wax and wane of the cough and fever. Saturday morning she woke up with the barking cough, runny nose and slight fever. This in the midst of packing up for the day to go to a local festival where the mister was to be working; ever-present as their webmaster and gigging on the fly.

You know, in case the internets got evil (as they sometimes do), and kidnapped the event’s website. (Hosting all of their everything, including their mobile app also coded by the mister. Yes, he’s a genius). So. We hummed and hawed about whether or not to go and continued on with our morning, as I said – Abby was in good spirits.

Croup-y Signs…From The Canadian Lung Association

At first, your child may have typical cold symptoms like a runny or stuffy nose and fever. As his throat and voice box become more swollen, your child may have a raspy voice and then develop a harsh, barky cough. This cough is often worse at night or when your child is crying.

These signs and symptoms are common with croup:

  • a loud cough that sounds like a barking seal
  • a wheezing or grunting noise while breathing
  • hoarse, raspy voice
  • cold symptoms — runny or stuffy nose, fever, feeling tired

By late morning her fever was gone, her runny nose had stopped and the cough had subsided, so off we went a-festival’ing. We had a grand day, full of music, swimming at the beach and hanging with family and friends. By nightfall, she passed out contentedly with pillow, quilt and dolly on our huge, plush festival blanket on the grass. No cough.

Sunday brought much of the same, her symptoms returned in the morning, then subsided – but this time they also came back in the evening. It was off to the doctor first thing yesterday morning. A quick talk, poke and prod of the doctor and she concurred with the obvious. Croup it was. She prescribed a one time dose of corticosteroids to reduce the swelling in her airways. All is well on the home-front now and boy are we glad it didn’t get serious.

Serious Signs: (From The Canadian Lung Association)

Seek emergency medical help right away if your child has any of the following signs or symptoms:

  • drooling or trouble swallowing
  • blue lips/fingers
  • high fever — above 39°C (102°F)
  • difficulty breathing, the skin between the ribs pulls in with each breath
  • a high-pitched, squeaking sound when your child takes a breath (stridor)

Read more on croup here and here.

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