Best cough medicine for a barking cough?
Posted 19 December 2008 - 10:01 AM
Posted 19 December 2008 - 10:07 AM
As hot as they can stand it baths at night, we have a steam humidifier we add to the bedroom, Vicks Vapor Rub, and I had to use the triaminic cough strips (because my 5 yo spits out medicine).
For the throat (if sore), we used the Cloriseptic spray (they have a children's version in grape that my 5yo doesn't spit out).
My 5yo gets very bad with croup, so we also have to use an inhaler... last time (a year ago) without it, he was hospitalized.
Posted 19 December 2008 - 11:44 AM
hope they feel better soon,
Posted 19 December 2008 - 11:50 AM
Last month, my 6yo nephew ended up in ER on oxygen and steroids after just a bit of a barking cough.
It's a good thing they took him in to the hospital, because just as they were doing the admission paperwork, he went into full out respiratory distress.
My sil's heart stopped beating I'm sure as the nurses grabbed her son & rushed to the 'back' where she was not allowed to go.
And as I posted in another thread, Health Canada just announced changes to our regs - no OTC cough & cold meds for kids under 6 due to risk of adverse events.
Posted 19 December 2008 - 11:53 AM
Posted 19 December 2008 - 11:57 AM
In the meantime, steam helps. But, try alternating with the cold air from outside. A couple times I remember taking the croupy child out to go to the ER and they got better as soon as we got outside! I forget where you live, but you can also stick their head in the freezer to get cold air if it's not cold outside.
Posted 19 December 2008 - 12:08 PM
Posted 19 December 2008 - 01:37 PM
That being said, the last time 3yodd had croup, we didn't take her in. I simply took her into the bathroom, and sat on the commode with her while the shower filled the room with steam. This clears her up enough to sleep, and she's always better in the morning.