Try taking him in a hot steamy bathroom<br><br>
Also I would use homeopathy. There are several remedies for croup, the right one depends on the symptoms.<br><br>
I would try aconite or spongia first Do 30c once an hour for no more than 3 doses..if no response, try the next remedy. If the symptoms subside after 1 or 2 doses, don't give any more. If they recur later, do the hourly doses again.<br><br>
If either of the above remedies seem to help temporarily, but the sx keep rescurring, try hepar sulph.<br><br>
Hope he feels better soon <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
Yes, the hot steamy bathroom. But tell him he doesn't need to actually get in the shower, like my 5 yo tried to do when he had croup last time. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
Follow that up with a trip outside to breathe in cold air (if you live somewhere cool).<br><br>
Dr. Sears has good info on <a href="http://askdrsears.com/html/8/t084200.asp" target="_blank">croup</a>.
We usually alternate the steamy bathroom with cold outside air. When neither of those works, we've found that driving around in the car with the windows open *always* works (discovered this when one bout of croup wouldn't let up and we took ds into the ER. After the 20 minute drive in the car to get there, he was fine). Three of my kids are really prone to the croup cough, so we've likely spent over 24 hours in steamy bathrooms in the past 6 years <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll">. I hope your LO sleeps better tonight!<br><br>
If cold air/steam won't help you might give your Dr a call, but I wouldn't drag them in as long as they are breathing ok.<br><br>
My dd was prone to croup she did need a breathing treatment once but she would usually be fine after some cool air.
My son was very prone to croupy coughs and we found alternating between cold air and steamy shower room did the trick. In later episodes, the homeopathic remedy that always stopped it its tracks was Spongia 30c.