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    Old 02-24-2006, 11:11 AM   #1
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    Question Why does he get croup so much?

    My son will be 8 in July and I am really frustrated about his health. He was a preemie, but does that matter anymore at this age? This is a brief history:

    1998 - cried all the time, but not colicky because it was all the time, skin problems, umbilical hernia corrected, acid reflux pretty bad (on meds), blocked tearduct, 2 ear infections

    1999 - rsv (hospitalized)
    on asthma meds
    -croup once
    -pneumonia
    -pink eye
    -2 ear infections
    -tubes put in

    2000 - strep
    -croup 2 times
    -asthma
    -2 ear infections

    2001 - infected glands on face
    -hearing impaired
    -tubes taken out of ears

    2002 - 3 ear infections
    - croup 1X -

    2003 - Sinusitis (2x)
    -Croup 3x (admitted to paeds once)

    2004 - croup 5x

    2005 - croup 2x
    -strep
    -pneumonia/whooping cough

    2006 - croup (admitted to paeds) - 4 adrenaline masks, dexamethasone,prednisone

    He has had two episodes of croup where it has been hard to open his airway and every episode except one, I have had to have emerg intervene.

    Why does he keep getting it? What can I do?

     
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    Old 02-27-2006, 04:46 PM   #2
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    Re: Why does he get croup so much?

    Unfortunately, asthma can present as recurrent croup. Some doctors don't know this but a pediatric asthma specialist told me and after researching croup and asthma, I think it is true. Definitely not what I wanted to hear.

    Hope this helps.

     
    Old 03-03-2006, 10:43 AM   #3
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    Re: Why does he get croup so much?

    One of my neighbor's son has asthma and he gets croup pretty often. Did your son has any eczema as an infant and given any steroids?

     
    Old 03-03-2006, 12:18 PM   #4
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    Wink Re: Why does he get croup so much?

    He didn't have eczema, but he did have vascular abnormality on his head that was red with brown freckles. (Dermatologist didn't know what it was, but it went away when he was about 3 or so).

     
    Old 03-04-2006, 03:57 AM   #5
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    Re: Why does he get croup so much?

    Usually steroids given for eczema cause asthma in the long run. If your child was not given any and if there is no asthma in your family, I personally think, you do not have to worry about it.

    Is it dry in your home or in his school. A humidifier might help hydrate his system and help get rid of croup..

     
    Old 03-04-2006, 09:08 AM   #6
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    Red face Re: Why does he get croup so much?

    I have asthma and my brother has severe asthma. I run a humidifier in his room. He coughed all through the night last night. I am going to take him for an x-ray today. I really don't think the asthma meds are helping him. I think he may have pneumonia. Last time he presented with no temp, but coughing spells. I will let you know.

     
    Old 03-04-2006, 08:37 PM   #7
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    Took him to the doctor today because he coughed all night, despite being on nebulizers 3 times a day. Still coughing a lot today. Doctor says he is clear in the lungs (which I take with a grain of salt because whenever he had pneumonia they have said that). Doctor says put him on his nasonex to clear up his pnd and maybe he will stop coughing in about 5 days. I don't believe his asthma meds are doing anything, but doc wants me to keep him on them until cough goes away. He seems to be more of a cougher than a wheezer. Do you think maybe he could have "vocal Chord dysfunction" instead of asthma? He was slow to respond to meds in emergency. I heard vcd can look like asthma except they wheeze when breathing in instead of out? and they are more of a cougher. Also reflux and pnd are more involved. What do you think? I feel like going into my doctor and demanding they test for this. I am so frustrated right now.

     
    Old 03-05-2006, 04:40 AM   #8
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    Re: Why does he get croup so much?

    Hi Worm,

    I can understand how you feel. Hope someone who is experienced in this area will reply soon. I grew up in India so I tend to believe alternative therapies more. Do you?

     
    Old 03-06-2006, 04:40 AM   #9
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    Re: Why does he get croup so much?

    My son was constantly sick from about 6 months till we figured out he had allergies and asthma. He either had strep/ear infection/croup or bronchitis/RSV.... with numerous trips to ER... until he started reacting badly to certain foods we had to take him to an allergiest and after testing they figured this all out and he finally pulled threw all of this. He is on meds to prevent allergies (Zyrtec is actually all he takes now) and now him being almost 6yrs - he doesn't even need any meds for his asthma unless he starts getting a cold - (((knocking on wood here))) he hasn't been on meds for months. If he starts any little cough we hook him up to his nebulizer and get him going and 2 weeks after meds for 4/5 times a day is all it takes and he is fine. So maybe there is a little more going on??? ~~Just a suggestion... Good luck

     
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    Re: Why does he get croup so much?

    I am open to anything that may work. Ideas?

     
    Old 03-06-2006, 07:32 PM   #11
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    Re: Why does he get croup so much?

    Worm,

    If this is in response to my question, please google Dr. Lapedis. He is a homeopathic doctor. Dr. Cooper is another doctor who is a naturopathic. Both have web sites so if you google them you will find all the info.

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    I am open to anything that may work. Ideas?

     
    Old 03-16-2006, 12:55 PM   #12
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    Question Re: Why does he get croup so much?

    I took him to the er last weekend because he could not stop coughing day or night and he had right chest pain. The doctor said he does not have pneumonia, but that his lungs and airway are pretty irritated. Theyput him on 5 days of prednisone. Helped his cough significantly. Coughing is only occasional and mostly when he gets up and about and plays. I have booked an appointment with the ent because I don't think his hearing is up to par, but mostly because I think he should be scoped for a possible subglottic stenosis. Do you think this is a reasonable request? He is almost 8 years old, 47 inches and 50 pounds. A little on the small side, but so is his dad. I wondered if he did have a stenosis if it would have impacted on his size because of his picky eating and breathing issues. He is not stridorous at rest unless he is croupy or really coughing. He was scoped down his esophagus to check for damage from reflux. All was okay. If they intubated him for that surgery could it have made a stenosis worse or created one?
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    Old 03-17-2006, 08:11 AM   #13
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    Re: Why does he get croup so much?

    I would remove milk protein ( casein ) immediately. That was the only thing that worked for mine. It really sounds like a food allergy or intolerance.

    Last edited by rids; 03-17-2006 at 08:11 AM.

     
    Old 04-12-2006, 08:58 AM   #14
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    Re: Why does he get croup so much?

    Boy, do I know what your talking about. My daughter is 9 and has had the same issues. She took an ambulance Christmas morning and again a couple of weeks ago with croup. She had 12.5 cc of dexamethasone in the fridge in case she needs it, but found out that she had a growth spurt and needs 20 cc. Trouble is, I can't fill the prescription and leave it in the fridge for 6 months, because by that time it has expired. Anyway, she does not have asthma, and all of the doctors over the years say she will grow out of it. She spent years on ventalin and the orange puffer (can't remember the name of it). They did not work at all. I know exactly what your going through. I'll bet if you hear him cough or he gets a cold, you panic, knowing whats coming. All the best to you and I hope he grows out of it soon.

     
    Old 04-19-2006, 02:08 PM   #15
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    Re: Why does he get croup so much?

    I was wondering what kind of household cleaners you use? I saw all the things he has gone through and it is very heartbreaking. The are so many harmful ingredients in everyday household cleaners and alot of his cough and croup and asthma may be because of that. I use products tha are safer for my home and family and my son rarely gets sick at all.
    God Bless

     
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