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My Croup nightmare!

Date: October 20, 2015 Author: admin Categories: Freebies, Real Life, Uncategorized, Whats hot 0

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When I stare into my gorgeous little baby boys eyes, it’s hard to believe that only 24 hours ago he was fighting for breath, continuously crying, chest so sunken trying to get as much air into his lungs as possible, being so scared of what’s happening to him.

I’m describing croup. It’s horrible, scary, and in his case came on so quickly that one minute I put him to bed as usual with no obvious signs of any illness, not even a cold, and the next, screaming, crying and unable to breathe properly. It was so sudden. Another classic symptom of this horrible illness. I don’t want to scare anyone reading this but I do think awareness can be a lifesaver.

Croup is from the flu family and is a virus. Not every case is as bad as what happened to my boy, most of my friends or people ive spoken to have had a mild case, seen the doc and been given a steroid dose but this was so severe in his case we were rushed to a & e and he was given steroids through a nebuliser, oxygen, adrenalin, oral steroids, ibuprofen and calpol.
When the medical staff explained it to us, they said the windpipe in a baby is small anyway and with bad cases of croup it shrinks the windpipe to a quarter of its size which makes breathing difficult and in my sons case so difficult that he had to suck air in to such extremes his chest went in so much I thought his lung had collapsed, it was the stuff of nightmares. When you don’t know what it is you always think the worst!

I was told the most important thing was to keep him calm, as if he worked himself up into a crying frenzy he would have even more trouble breathing. Also to keep him upright as laying him down would also make it more difficult for him to breath. Ringing the ambulance was the right thing to do as some people ( ive since been told) try and drive themselves into hospital. Get the ambulance as soon as you can as they gave him something in a  mask ( I dont know what it was but it helped!) on the journey there as timing is crucial when your little one is having trouble breathing. Also danger things to watch out for were hands and/or face turning blue.

In hospital they hooked him up to a monitor that displayed how much air he was able to breath, luckily he was around 97%. The nurse said that if it was around the 70% he would be turning blue. The monitor (although slightly annoying as it kept falling off with a wiggly jiggly baby!) was comforting, as I could see his air intake, it also monitored his heart rate which you can imagine was quite high when we arrived and steadily decreased as he could breath easier and he wasnt so distressed.

Lots of cuddles and steamy rooms later ( yep thats not an old wives tale) thankfully my boy is on the mend. He still sounds like Darth Vader but he’s recovering well. I can’t thank the brilliant medical team at the hospital enough for saving my boys life.

I am truly grateful we have our nhs in this country and that’s why we need to make sure we keep it that way!
More Information:

http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Croup/Pages/Introduction.aspx

Blog Post by Sam – post updated 23rd Oct 2015

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