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Our baby is very hoarse but she hasn't lost her voice yet.
We went to the ER with our 10 month old the other night...said it was croup because of her barking like a seal...she was really having trouble breathing and her oxygen level was a bit low. After that night though she hasn't had the barking cough, but is severely congested, coughing is a wet sound and she chokes on it a lot. She even was wheezing some in her sleep. Was this really croup or something else? She can't sleep lying down I've had to hold her rocking her for her to be able to sleep at all. She is totally unvaxed. She had NO previous symptoms...she has not been sick or had a runny nose or anything. The night before she had the croup sounding cough she coughed a congested sounding cough which we thought was odd becuase she hadn't been sick, and then the next day a few coughs and that night is when she had the attack.
The ER wanted us to do motrin around the clock to help the swelling in her throat and also some orapred. I did the orapred but haven't been doing the round the clock motrin...
Is there anything else I can do to relieve her congestion? I don't want to take her to emergent care but she sounds awful and the dr doesn't open again until Wednesday.
She coughs until she is about to puke which made me think whooping cough, but doesn't that present with a couple weeks of sickness before too?
This thread has gotten me a bit worried. My 14 month old ds has a bad cough and I don't know what to think. I feel so helpless sometimes when my kids get sick because I am faced with fear of going to doctors and being persuaded to use something for my child that in reality may not really be the best solution. We also don't vax and I know if we went to the doctor/emergency room that we would get a lot of flak for that. My 4 yo dd had it and it seems to be gone for the most part. She had 2-3 days of 100-101 temps and it took 5-6 days I'd say for her to be back to normal. Now ds has had the cough for maybe 4 days and had a 99.7 temp today with a lot of grumpiness-very uncharecteristic. He definitely has some wheezing and gagging. The cough just sounds very congested and I can tell it hurts him when he coughs as he cries each time.
Am I being a bad mom for not taking him in? I've just been using Silver Shield (a good brand of collodial silver) and belladona and I found some children's echinacea today. He hasn't eaten hardly anything except lots of yummy mama's milk and I did give him some water today and yesterday that he liked.