A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Croup
I had a question the other day about croup.
Croup is a common respiratory problem in young children.
It usually occurs in the fall and winter.
The main symptom is a harsh, barking cough.
Croup causes swelling and narrowing in your voice box, windpipe, and breathing tubes.
This makes it hard for your child to breathe.
Croup can be scary, but it’s rarely serious.
Children usually get better in several days with rest and care at home.
Croup usually occurs a few days after the start of a cold and is usually caused by the same viruses that cause the common cold.
Croup is contagious.
The germs that cause it can be passed from one person to another through coughing and sneezing and through close contact.
Regular hand-washing and limiting contact with others can help prevent spreading croup to others.
As children grow older and their lungs and windpipes mature, they’re less likely to get croup.
Symptoms of croup are caused by narrowed airways.
They include a barking cough; a raspy, hoarse voice; and a harsh crowing noise when breathing in.
The cough is very distinctive, so you’ll know it when you hear it.
It’s often compared to the sound of a barking seal.
Sometimes children breathe fast and need to sit up to breathe better.
Symptoms of croup often improve during the day and get worse at night.
Sometimes kids have croup attacks that wake them up in the middle of the night, but it usually improves gradually in 2-5 days.
Even though your child’s coughing and troubled breathing can be frightening, home treatments usually ease the symptoms.
>Stay calm and soothe your child. Crying can make the swelling in the windpipe worse and make it even harder to breathe.
>Breathing in moist air seems to help during a croup episode. Fill your bathroom with steam from the hot water faucet, and sit in the room with your child for 10 minutes. Or hold your child directly over a humidifier, and let the vapor blow directly in his or her face.
>Breathing cool night air also seems to help sometimes. Dress your child in warm clothes, and go outside for 10 minutes.
>If symptoms improve with these methods, put your child back in bed with the humidifier blowing nearby. Don’t smoke, especially in the house.
>Be sure to keep your child well hydrated. Offer water, flavored ice treats or crushed ice drinks several times each hour.
If your child’s symptoms don’t get better after 30 minutes, call or see your health care professional.
To deal with croup it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water daily as it hydrates body and brain cells, thins mucus, and flushes toxins.
*Purify indoor air.
*Increase essential fats (flax oil, omega-3 oils, fish oils).
*Explore use of Oil of Oregano and Mullein oil.
*Consume plenty of fresh garlic and onions.
*Switch to safe, nontoxic cleaners, laundry and personal care products that don’t emit toxic fumes/residues.
*Discover “hidden” allergies/sensitivities (food and/or environmental) that may trigger or aggravate condition.
*Dairy products are very mucus forming.
*Review my post on candida.
*Eliminate smoking, second-hand smoke, environmental pollutants.
*Explore the use of hydrotherapy and/or castor oil or onion packs.
*Consider a vaporizer.
*Avoid sugar as it “turns off” your immune system.