Is There A Seal Under Your Bed?Monica Bielanko
I haven’t slept yet.
That’s because there is a barking seal visiting our house.
Many parents know that means my child has the croup. In fact, I’m typing this to you at 2:30 in the morning from the bathroom. Violet’s in a steamy tub and we’ve got the Vicks steam humidifier running.
Poor thing. It’s absolutely crippling to watch your child struggle to take a deep breath and then cry because it hurts so bad.
The reason I brought the computer in the bathroom was so I could google “croup”. There were so many things about the croup I wasn’t aware of I thought I’d share them with you.
And also? HELP!
First, a little background on the croup should the barking seal come visit your house next:
Croup is a condition that causes an inflammation of the upper airways — the voice box (larynx) and windpipe (trachea). It often leads to a barking seal-like cough or hoarseness, especially when a child cries.
Here’s the thing that confuses me:
The best way to expose your child to moist air is to use a cool mist humidifier, or run a hot shower to create a steam-filled bathroom where you can sit with your child for 10 minutes. Breathing in the mist will sometimes stop a child from severe coughing.
I don’t have a cool mist humidifier, I have a steam vaporizer. But if taking your child in a steam-filled bathroom is recommended, why not a steam vaporizer? Taking your child out in the cool night air (I’m guessing the near-freezing temps we’ve been experiencing here in Utah aren’t ideal, or are they?) is supposed to help so I guess I understand the cool mist humidifier – but which is it, experts?! Cool mist or steam? Make up your minds!
In searching for croup home remedies I read a lot about honey, tea and lemon juice – although if you can get your kid to drink tea or lemon juice you deserve a medal – and then I discovered someone who recommended giving a child a small amount of coke because “the acid helps loosen the phlegm”.
I carried Violet into the bathroom and did the whole shower steam thing – and I brought our steam vaporizer too – and that seemed to calm her breathing down. I have yet to try any other trick.
By the sound of things, I’m likely in the croup business for the entire weekend. Got any helpful tips? Please? And is Henry gonna catch this thing? Pray for me. I just don’t think I’m ready to deal with two sick children.