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I believe my little guy probably has croup, and I'm keeping a huge eye out for Pertussis. Would it be safe to give him Vitamin C to bowel tolerance even if it is not Pertussis? Would it affect the Croup in any way?

I don't have any sodium ascorbate, but I do have Adult EmergenC. Can I use that instead?
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nak-- I think my ds has croup and I've been giving him c as SA but we just have the little tablets from Hyland's so there's not enough to do the bowel tolerance thing.
I've also been giving him Sambucol..1 tsp 2x/day.
It seems to be helping tons, he's much better today, barely coughed at all last night (it started the night before last).
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When one of my grand kids are sick, if all I had at home is Vita C (any kind), I would give it. And I would give it to bowel tolerance.

The only kind I would not give it is the chewable. Because it damages the enamel on the teeth. I would crush it and put it into O.J.

Also, don't give it all at once, spread it out over the day. But for sure give quite a bit of it to do some good.

Sodium ascorbate is the best thing you can give for whooping cough. It is actually the only thing that will work.

But generally a croup does not turn to whooping cough.

One is a moist cough (croup) and the other is a dry cough with spittle coming up at the end of the coughing episode.

In either case I would also give cod liver oil.

And as the previous poster said, Sambucol is very helpful.

OR make your own cough medicine: (it works much better than what is on the shelf in the pharmacy)

Cut up an onion, put it into a small pot with 1/2 cup water. Cover. Bring to a boil, let it boil slowly for about 2-3 minutes covered. Shut off. Let it cool for about 1/2 hour. Strain the onion out. Mix the liquid with 1 teaspoon honey.

Give 1 teaspoon after every cough.
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We used SA exclusively for pertussis. Worked well.

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But generally a croup does not turn to whooping cough.

One is a moist cough (croup) and the other is a dry cough with spittle coming up at the end of the coughing episode.
Awesome, that was the info that I couldn't seem to find anywhere. It's definaitely a phlemy cough, so luckily it looks like Pertussis is out. Whew, that's a load off my back. Thank you!

I'll definitely keep up on the Vita C though, it can't hurt.
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