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Well, I'm not an expert but my son does have viral asthma. The dr. told us you can get croup at any age but it is worse in breathing generally before age three. (I suspected croup a month ago..my son is still having coughing at night) Croup in my understanding doesn't last long so I think you'll know if it resolves--typically it is worse for 2 to 3 days and gone by a week at the most. It also would start with cold symptoms usually (usually it is viral though there may be some exceptions to this I'm not sure). Cold and/or humid air can help with croup too. Doesn't help us with asthma attacks. Also, asthma cough in our experience is really dry sounding (not wet). It seems distinctive to me in that respect.
hi. I have asthma.
"Seal barking" isn't an asthma cough. An asthma cough is dry and keeps going on. If you're using alburerol and she's not getting improvement, call the dr. back. Especially if its th eliquid type, not inhaled.
Her belly probably hurts there from coughing so much.
Hope this helps!
My daycare provider's 2yo daughter was taken in/diagnosed with another episode of asthma (she'd already been diagnosed, this seemed to be a reoccurence--they took her in after a bad night of coughing) just a couple days before my son (7mo old at the time, I think) came down with what I am sure is croup--my daughter (now 3yo) never had that barking cough, but he woke up in the middle of the night with it and it was really distinctive. Seems like quite a coincidence to me. But it also seems hard to diagnose this stuff correctly.
my son got croup every time he had a cold as a little one. even now at 12 half of his colds end up with croupy coughs. tight dry seal like barky coughs are usually croup. he often had a wetter cough during the day and would get really croupy at night (he would actually stop breathing with bad attacks, it was scary as hell) i would turn the shower on high and alternate between hot steamy bathroom and cold fresh air, the combo was what would break the stridor and ease his breathing. i would usually resort to giving him a nighttime cough surpressant and a spoonful of honey the first few nights he had cold symptoms to help avoid the croup attacks.
i dont know much about viral asthma but that sealy bark always means croup to me... i guess the inhaler could probably help to ease inflammation in her airway with croup as well as asthma, ds's doc always prescribed a steroid and codiene syrup for him when he got really bad but they didnt seem to do much, the warm steamy and cool air combo and honey seemed to help more!
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