Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: TX, but anticipating one more move
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We just got through a barky cough thing that, after doing some reading, sounded like croup. A google search would find some descriptions of it (the part I remember best is how it comes on very quickly, and the barky cough is worse at night, worst for the first night and gets better in the succeeding days) and if that's what it is, then usually rest and good food will help. I gave the kids lots of extra vitamin C and that got the baby better really fast. My daughter hurt her mouth a day before and didn't want to chew the tablets, and she's gotten better slower.
The dosage I read about and use for vitamin C is 1.1grams per 10lbs body weight per day when sick. Sodium ascorbate seems to be easier on the body, it's a salty-tasting white powder if you aren't familiar with it. Or there are chewable tablets that are a mix of sodium ascorbate and ascorbic acid; my daughter tolerates those well (I give her a mix depending on how much of the powder I can get into her fluids). I'm sure other folks would have more comprehensive advice--this is the one thing that I have/use specific dosing instructions for and it seems to really help.
Does your husband usually want the kids to go to the doc with what seem (to me) like relatively minor symptoms? Some people do, it's not an attack, just trying to understand the background.