Saturday, November 27, 2010

Waking up to a croupy child

After a very normal day I put Ela to bed last night and was suddenly woken up at 5am in the morning by a very loud barking cough and a crying Ela. She could hardly breathe and found it impossibe to go back to sleep. Opening the window and letting her inhale some cool, fresh air seemed to help a bit but the whole situation was too stressful and we definitely had no control over it. Although I don't like to run to the doc as soon as Ela doesn't feel or look well (Alper usually wants to go immediately), this time I was the one who decided to visit the ER of a nearby children's hospital.
Diagnosis: Croup
The young female doc at the hospital told us to use the humidifier in the other room twice with a half-hour break in between and then she had a last look and sent us home with a prescription for an antibiotic called Macrol...which I didn't give straight away, of course.
A few hours passed and I called Ela's pediatrician who asked for a throat culture the result of which we will get on Monday and if there should really be anything bacterial we will start to use antibiotics then. Croup is caused by a viral infection most of the time. Or it can be caused by an allergy.
Right now, Ela's napping, I opened all the windows at home and lifted up the head of her cot. We will also use a humidifier three times a day.
They say the first croup attack is always the worst (esp. because you're not prepared at all and think your baby is suffocating).
I hope this was also our last attack.


  1. Hope she's all better now!? ;-)

  2. Thx Sandra..she's much better...not completely healed but better.
    Hope William's sleep patterns are improving!