A Touch of Croup
January 29, 2009 Leave a comment
Our oldest child was born in 1981 and I didn’t follow a baby-book guru. The baby guru debates had been going on in my house for years. Our daughter was #10 grandchild, in 6 years, so I learned motherhood by osmosis years before she was born. The older generation, of mothers, was part of the debates, sharing handed down old-wives tales, as has been done, through the whole history of humanity.
Now we have the internet. Motherhood has become terrifying. Medical terms and labels, worst case scenarios, and when to call 911, are the first things. There’s also homeopathic sights with herbal remedies for dosing baby, but since I’m not a herbalist, sound like poison. 🙂 Then there was a chatty site by a totally-natural mother, who knew her child would eventually get something…
Eventually all these advice sites mention, Croup is a common airway condition during the winter months. Croup is notable for the wheeze-breathing, and cough that sounds like a barking seal. Recommended treatment is moisture, in the air and in the mouth. Steam up the bathroom, use a humidifier by the crib. Feed formula (or nurse) often, even if only 2 oz. every hour. (really?) Water and juice will not coat the throat. Most cases of Croup go away in three days.
It’s day two and he’s been asleep for 2 1/2 hours this afternoon! Breathing sounds good. My fondue pot has done the job. I hand him back to his parents before my 6 pm Screenwriting Class. By the time he returns on Monday morning, da-croup-be-gone.
That is the bonus of grandmother-hood!