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Posted by: concerned granny | 2007/06/01

Q.

Holding breath ? Croup & Allergy related

My 3 yr old grandson for the second time woke up and struggled to breath,the first time was last year dec and last night again,both times this happened in the early hours in the morning.The first time I experienced it,my daughter and I got the fright of our lives as he went blue and we struggled to get him to breath.It was about -+ 2min he could not breathe.We rushed him to hospital after we got him to breathe! The Doctor said it was croup,due to an allergic reaction!! Last night it was not as bad as the previous time,his Mom&Dad immediatly put him in the shower and gave him preflam and nebulized him.They took him to the doctor this morning,he said it was croup again!!! He seems to have quite an allergic reaction to Zoo biscuits and chocolate,could this be the reason for this?? His father and uncle both had serious croup as children!! Is it right that they undressed him and put him under the shower???
Another thing I must mention is that he holds his breath at times if he has hurt himself!!!
He is also having speech problems,which he is receiving help from Engela Young(occupational therapist) and a speech therapist!! As a baby and till now he has never been able to cry load or laugh out load,he struggles to get it out,could this have some connection!!
Otherwise he is a very loving,gentle and very active child!!
Please could you help as my daughter and son-in-law are at the wits end with this with their
little boy and are extremely worried as the Doctor it will most probably happen again!!! Will he outgrow this??Thanks, Bev

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

He seems to be having a problem called spasmodic croup at present which children always outgrow by about the age age of 5 years or so. His parents treated him correctly, running a shower for the humidity is very helpful as is Preflam and nebulising him. He should just as a precaution not eat Zoo biscuits and chocolate although spasmodic croup is not an allergic condition.
I am concerned about the fact that he cannot cry loudly or laugh loudly. He needs to have his vocal cords checked by an ENT specialist to see if they are normal. There is another condition that also causes this problem called a vascular ring or double aortic arch, please ask his paediatrician to check him for this possibility if the ENT says that his vocal cords are normal.

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