September 28, 2011

Flu shot and Croupy cough

My son got his flu shot yesterday and I thank GOD, the shot didn't caused him a fever because it will break my heart hearing and seeing him having hard time sleeping. He has cough and colds which I don't worry that much because we all have it when Fall season comes. I remember last year, he had croupy cough, defined as distinctive cough that occurs with infections of the voice box (larynx), it is usually tight, low-pitched and barky (like a barking seal) and the voice is usually hoarse. It is a viral infection of the vocal cords (larynx) and wind pipe (trachea), usually part of a cold, the hoarseness is due to swelling of the vocal cords. We were given this print out information about croupy cough by my son's pediatrician and home care guidelines such as the need for:

humidifier : dry air usually makes coughs worse and the child's bedroom should be humidified specifically cool mist if you can afford otherwise, you can hang wet sheets or towels in your child's room.

Warm, clear fluids for coughing spasms : coughing spasms are often due to sticky mucus caught on the vocal cords. Warm apple juice, lemonade or herbal tea may help relax the vocal cords and loosen sticky mucus.

Cough Medicines : Medicines are less helpful than either mist or swallowing warm fluids. Older children (4+) can be given cough drops and younger ones can be given 1 teaspoon of corn syrup. If your child has a fever (over 102F), you may give acetaminophen or ibuprofen.

Avoid Smoke Exposure : Smoke can make croup worse

Close Observation : While your child is croupy, stay in the same room with him/her because it can be a dangerous disease.

Expected course of croupy cough is 5-6 days and generally gets worse at night and the worse sypmtoms are seen in children less than 3 years of age.

I thought of writing this information provided to us for future reference and to share with some of you who I hope will not be in this situation where your child suffers on a croupy cough. It took almost a week for my son to get better last year.

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