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How do you treat croup?

Lots of hugs and kisses and naps for two, that's how.


Gracie has been sick since Saturday, and I've been trying to keep her comfortable. She has a croup, so there's nothing really we or her pediatrician can do for her, aside from administering ibuprofen every six hours.

On Monday, Joe came home from work and found us like this. I had been trying to comfort my sick girl, she fell asleep on my chest, and all that warm coziness made me drowsy.

We slept the whole day away, and I was totally fine with that.

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39 thoughts on “How do you treat croup?”

  1. I hope that Gracie feels better soon. Having a sick little one is so tough, especially at her age. My oldest (now 5) had croup a lot and still does when he gets sick. Take care and enjoy those snuggles 🙂

  2. I hope that Gracie feels better soon. Having a sick little one is so tough, especially at her age. My oldest (now 5) had croup a lot and still does when he gets sick. Take care and enjoy those snuggles 🙂

  3. turn the shower on in the bathroom and shut the door so it gets nice and hot and steamy and then sit in the bathroom with your little one and it will help a little bit. Make sure she is up right against you (can’t remember why…but it’s what I always do/did).

    good luck!

  4. turn the shower on in the bathroom and shut the door so it gets nice and hot and steamy and then sit in the bathroom with your little one and it will help a little bit. Make sure she is up right against you (can’t remember why…but it’s what I always do/did).good luck!

  5. Awwwwwwwwwwwwwww, such a loving sweet photo. Get better.

    Come on over…today I’m taking y’all on a tour of the Texas State Aquarium via photos!!!! See ya later alligator…Oops, I let the ‘cat out of the bag’…Yep, there are alligators. One photo anyway.

    Happy Wednesday.

  6. Awwwwwwwwwwwwwww, such a loving sweet photo. Get better.Come on over…today I’m taking y’all on a tour of the Texas State Aquarium via photos!!!! See ya later alligator…Oops, I let the ‘cat out of the bag’…Yep, there are alligators. One photo anyway. Happy Wednesday.

  7. I used to run my little girl to the emergency room for penicillin shots her croup was so seriously bad until I discovered the Homeopathic remedy called Spongia Toasta. Worked like a miracle within seconds. Never had to bring her back to the emergency room again! If this is a recurring problem as it usually is you may want to give it a try. Can’t hurt anything. You would probably have to order it by special request at a good health food store. I discovered that when I had my own herb shop once upon a time.

  8. I used to run my little girl to the emergency room for penicillin shots her croup was so seriously bad until I discovered the Homeopathic remedy called Spongia Toasta. Worked like a miracle within seconds. Never had to bring her back to the emergency room again! If this is a recurring problem as it usually is you may want to give it a try. Can’t hurt anything. You would probably have to order it by special request at a good health food store. I discovered that when I had my own herb shop once upon a time.

  9. Sweet pic! My little guy struggled with croup at least 2-3 times a year when he was little like you sweet girl. I would alternate steam and cold. We would lock ourselves in the bathroom and steam it up really well. The next coughing fit we would stand in front of the freezer. Our pediatician told us that a small cup of coffee would help too. I would fix him a small cup with lots of sugar. It wasn’t his favorite, but it always helped. (Since then, it has become a recommended remedy for asthma patients at school also.)

  10. Sweet pic! My little guy struggled with croup at least 2-3 times a year when he was little like you sweet girl. I would alternate steam and cold. We would lock ourselves in the bathroom and steam it up really well. The next coughing fit we would stand in front of the freezer. Our pediatician told us that a small cup of coffee would help too. I would fix him a small cup with lots of sugar. It wasn’t his favorite, but it always helped. (Since then, it has become a recommended remedy for asthma patients at school also.)

  11. Hope you guys feel better. I love when my kids cuddle with me, sick or not. They don’t do it often enough! 🙁
    Sweet picture!

  12. Hope you guys feel better. I love when my kids cuddle with me, sick or not. They don’t do it often enough! :-(Sweet picture!

  13. Awww…poor baby…I hope she feels better soon….
    I have a Gracie too…only she is three months old. Her full name is Autumn Grace…My son who is two started calling her Gracie because he couldn’t pronounce her full name…

  14. Awww…poor baby…I hope she feels better soon….I have a Gracie too…only she is three months old. Her full name is Autumn Grace…My son who is two started calling her Gracie because he couldn’t pronounce her full name…

  15. You know I think my 4 month old may have croup and we’re going to the doctor in the morning. I know it’s a funny cough but do you think it’s associated with a cold which she also has?

    I’ll look it up.

  16. You know I think my 4 month old may have croup and we’re going to the doctor in the morning. I know it’s a funny cough but do you think it’s associated with a cold which she also has? I’ll look it up.

  17. wished I would have seen this earlier, but my very first ‘mom’ experience tells me that anything to produce steam is your best friend right now…mind you, it has to be STEAM….it keeps the throat moist and WILL help. Other then the help from you doctor, this is really all a mom can do with plenty of love and extra, EXTRA tlc. If she doesn’t eat because you’ve got to remember, her throat feels dry and irritated, make her some jello water for protein (twice as much water then you’d normally make jello, put in a koolaid pitcher and keep cold) or pedialyte (spell check here) my son AND I survived this way. OH! and don’t forget childrens tylenol of some sort, to take away the aches, pains and any crankiness

  18. wished I would have seen this earlier, but my very first ‘mom’ experience tells me that anything to produce steam is your best friend right now…mind you, it has to be STEAM….it keeps the throat moist and WILL help. Other then the help from you doctor, this is really all a mom can do with plenty of love and extra, EXTRA tlc. If she doesn’t eat because you’ve got to remember, her throat feels dry and irritated, make her some jello water for protein (twice as much water then you’d normally make jello, put in a koolaid pitcher and keep cold) or pedialyte (spell check here) my son AND I survived this way. OH! and don’t forget childrens tylenol of some sort, to take away the aches, pains and any crankiness

  19. steam the bath room up an let your little one drawl on the mirrow gets there mind an yours off that awful cough an that they can barely breath… just done his lastnight an give them something warm too drink like apple cider helps open airway lots of hugs an kissis..they will be better before you no it..

  20. steam the bath room up an let your little one drawl on the mirrow gets there mind an yours off that awful cough an that they can barely breath… just done his lastnight an give them something warm too drink like apple cider helps open airway lots of hugs an kissis..they will be better before you no it..

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