Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Edie | 2012-10-18


Croup... again!

Dear Prof

Both my sons woke up last night with croup. I gave the 18 month old 1.5 ml aspelone and the 3.5 yr old 2.5 ml. I nebulised them this morning with some saline. Both their noses are also infected and I just used saline to spray it. But, what are the dosages I can give them of the aspelone? Do I need to use meds with the nebuliser (they are not struggling to breath currently - just the nasty cough) and can I use vibrosil in their noses, or do I need to take them to the doc? They don''t have fever either.


Expert's Reply



This type of repeated croup is usually not due to an infection. It is known as spasmodic croup and usually takes about 48 hours to clear up. Most children grow out of these croup episodes by the age of 5 years.It is a good idea to nebulise your children using Pulmicort Respules in the nebuliser twice daily. Ask your doctor for a prescription for the Pulmicort Respules.Each child will require one respule twice daily, usually for about 2 days.Use Sterimar nasal spray for both of their blocked noses.You can give a 5 day course of Aspelone starting once the symptoms start; your 18 month son's dose is 2.5ml once daily & your 3.5 year old son's dose 5ml once daily.

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