Childhood Diseases

Posted by: R | 2013-01-30



Hi Doc,
Thank you for your always valuable advice.
My baby will be 14 months next week. He had a runny nose last week, which I treat with a sterimar spray, by the weekend he was fine. Then in the early hours of yesterday morning he started with the croup. This is probably the 4th time he has croup in the last 6 months. I notice it happens whenever he has a runny nose, soon after the croup starts.
I have given him Pholtex cough syrup, which the paed prescribed in Dec when he had the croup, and started using the humidifier again at night.
He slept through last night, with no coughing or discomfort, but when he awoke this morning his chest did sound a bit tight. He appears to be fine during the day, he is at creche, playing and eating well, and is generally happy.
Should I use any further treatment at this stage?
Thank you.

Expert's Reply



Your baby is having recurrent episodes of croup usually associated with him having a cold. Croup is usually due to an infection and inflammation of the vocal cords in the larynx or voice box. This illness usually lasts for a day or two then clears up. Importantly your baby is not distressed and is playing and eating normally. It is a good idea to use a humidifier in his room. Do not use Pholtex as it contains codeine. He does not appear to need any extra treatment at this stage.

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