Almost every time Samuel gets sick, it turns into croup. For him, croup is serious, with him struggling to breathe, unless we treat it quickly. It used to be very scary but over the last year or so, I’ve figured out how to help keep it from turning into an emergency. Last Tuesday, he told me his throat was hurting when he would swallow. :( I knew croup was probably coming. After all, it’d been two and half months since his last episode. So, Tuesday night I moved his bed into my room so I could be near him and respond quickly if I heard him struggling.
Thankfully, he was fine and got up the next morning after a good night’s sleep. But he said his throat was still hurting. I wondered if maybe he had strep throat and not just a pre-cold scratching sore throat. I took his temperature mid-morning on Wednesday and it was 99.8°F. By the afternoon, he was acting like he was feeling normal so we went outside and he played. After an hour or so, he started feeling left out because the big kids (his brother and the neighbor kids) were all riding their bikes and he wanted to play something different with them because he didn’t feel like riding his bike. So, he started to cry. And on the inhale of his cry, I heard it: stridor. This is a sure sign of croup for him, but it doesn’t usually show up until the barking cough has already made its appearance. I probably seemed crazy to my friend who had come over with her kids, because I jumped up and told Samuel (still crying) to come inside with me to take Prednisolone, an oral steroid. I was SOOO happy!! lol Hearing stridor and treating croup super early meant that barking and breathing difficulty wouldn’t be hitting in the middle of the night! So, he was trying to figure out why I was happy and I explained it while also talking to him about feeling left out, etc. Thankfully, he likes the taste of the medicine and he had no problem taking it. We went back outside and oh, I felt so good! So relieved!
That night he was fine, no cough. The next morning, he still had some stridor (while laughing) so I made an appointment with his pediatrician so we could get him checked out and hopefully get another prescription just to have on hand for the next time. The doctor visit went well and he did great. ^_^ We got another five days worth of prednisolone sent to the pharmacy, too. So, he had that first dose on Wednesday afternoon, another dose on Thursday, and one more on Friday.
It never turned into a dangerous situation! Praise the Lord! Hmm, maybe the next time he says that his throat hurts when he swallows, I should work at making him laugh so I can listen out for stridor and keep everything calm! It was so wonderful that he never got uncomfortable or needed help breathing. Ahhh….. ♥
Oh yeah, did I mention that I’m sick now? :P Runny nose, sneezing, scratchy throat. Such a bad sinus headache right now! Oh well, I don’t even care because I’m still flying high – my favorite five year old did not get severe croup!!!!!!