Kids with Croup!

by MyDadBlog on January 29, 2009

in Health

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Well, our 4 year old has has croup; it’s essentially a nasty cough due to swelling of the vocal chords.  What we’ve observed is that while it facilitates wakefulness at night and crying for mommy at the most inopportune time just as we fall back asleep, it has done nothing to deter wrestling, thievery of toys and other forms of intimidation toward his younger brother.  To add insult to injury, the family dog threw up all over the foyer and while running an errand tonight, I stepped in dog poo in a parking lot. It’s really been quite a day.

There is no vaccine for croup specifically, as it can be caused by any one of a number of viruses including RSV and influenza.  Unless vaccinated for one of the underlying causes, you cannot eradicate croup per se.  In our case, the doctor prescribed some steroids, but advised to only fill the prescription and take if needed due to difficulty breathing.  This is fine by me, as children (I know the 2 year old will have it soon) are ill-equipped to deal with side-effects, and while I’m not a holistic wacko, I do my best to limit exposure to any kind of pharmaceutical or OTC medication that isn’t absolutely necessary.  It only took a few decades for the FDA to finally come around and recommend against most cough medicines for toddlers and infants since it doesn’t actually benefit anyone but the parents that want to sleep a little better, while presenting significant risk to the children.

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