We had a croup scare on holiday last September (the night of 9/11, in fact
) i didn't know about the cool night air thing. we had to go in an ambulance and they gave DS steroids. I knew nothing about it and he was having a really hard time breathing and the more he cried the harder it was.
Here is what I have learned:
COLD air humidifier or
driving up the coast with the windows down and babe bundled up.
It is the cool air that expands the airway, not warm. Heat contracts. I know that some books say steam of any kind and maybe that works too, but I dunno.
In terms of homeopathy, Aconite, Spongia and Hepar Sulph are the three main remedies. Try Aconite first at the beginning of the illness. Don't bother with that one if you are well into the condition. If the Aconite does nothing within a relatively short time go to Spongia. Then Hepar if that does nothing.
If the cropu seems to be recurrent you might want to think about getting constitutional treatment. That is what we are doing. We have given him tuberculinum as a constitutional per our homeopath because he keeps getting these croupy things at night and I relive the horrible night over and over again. i would never have given him steroids but I consented because I knew nothing else at that point and made a choice between the evil steroid and his being unable to breathe and maybe dying, I chose steroid.
But now I wouldn't do that again.
Good luck to you.