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Croup?

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  • Posted By: FLYBOY629
  • November 14, 2007
  • 07:55 PM

I am an EMT-B. My 10 year old daughter is having trouble breathing. She is fine during the day but at night she is using extra muscles and nasal flaring to breathe. I can here a slight strider in both lungs. Steaming up the bathroom helped the past two nights. She is able to sleep but has difficultly breathing while she is sleeping. She is making high pitched noises while breathing. During the day, I can also hear the high pitch but it is not as loud. She is not having any problem talking during the day, but at night she struggles with talking and breathing. I am guessing this is a viral infection of some sort but am wondering how long it will last. I live in a remote area with no roads where the only way out is by airplane or boat, 50 miles to town. Any suggestions.

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  • Definately sounds like Croup, especially if she has a barky cough that sounds like a seal- Only thing is, you need to bundle her up and take her into town. Alot of children diagnosed with Croup are hospitalized overnight to make sure they are stabilized on medication before they are sent home. Its rare but sometimes it can get severe and become life threatening. It also tends to get worse at night.
    CassAnn 25 Replies
    • November 14, 2007
    • 10:30 PM
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  • The child may have cold symptoms and a fever for a few days. As the the lining of the windpipe and the voice box becomes progressively inflamed and swollen, the child may become hoarse, with a harsh, barking cough, and may be accompanied by fast or difficult breathing and sometimes a grunting noise or wheezing while breathing. If the upper airway becomes swollen to the point where it is partially blocked off, it becomes even more difficult for a child to breathe. This happens with severe croup. With severe croup, there may be a high-pitched or squeaking noise when breathing in (stridor). The child will tend to breathe very fast, and the stomach or the skin between the child's ribs may seem to pull in during breathing. The child may also appear pale or bluish around the mouth because he is not getting enough oxygen. Symptoms of croup often worsen at night and when the child is upset or crying. In addition to the effects on the upper airway, the infections that cause croup can result in inflammation further down the airway, including the bronchi and the lungs. Ephidrine coughing medicine helps the cough. Kiera
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 14, 2007
    • 10:39 PM
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  • Does she have a feather pillow? Maybe it's asthma..cats sleeping with her??? Have her allergy tested.
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies
    • November 15, 2007
    • 04:13 AM
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