Since we have been covering a host of topics this month in regards to pregnancy, babies, and feeling empowered in our homes, I thought I would talk about a very common childhood illness we have all probably dealt with--Croup.
Croup has such a distinct cough to it. I can tell immediately, from across the house when my child starts “barking”, as we call it. It can be scary too, to see your child go from healthy to feeling so miserable in such a short time. It doesn’t help that it often sets in during the night. Here is a short video I took of my son when he recently battled this nasty virus:
Croup is a virus that is highly contagious. It is passed through little air droplets so with all the coughing involved, it doesn’t take much to spread. The barking cough is caused by inflammation to the voice box. Cold, moist air usually helps to open the airways so even the drive to an ER is often more helpful than anything that can be done at the ER. Oral steroids can be given, but they work similarly to the cold air in reducing the swelling and offering temporary relief. And because croup is a virus, it often needs to run its course which can be three to seven days.
There are some essential oils you can use to help ease the symptoms and give your child comfort and rest while they fight off the virus. As you saw in the video above, I had a little roller bottle of oils that I used to help him feel better. I thought I would share my recipe with you for you to try the next time you are dealing with it. I make mine up ahead of time and keep it in my cupboard. It is easy for me to grab and use as soon as I hear that awful barking sound. Recipe for Croup:
Add 10 drops of each oil to a roller bottle and fill the rest of the way with FCO. Rub on the chest back and feet every 1-3 hours as needed.
Hopefully these tips will help you the next time you wake up hearing that barking cough. Late spring and early fall are both times that are common for this virus to hit. Even though summer is coming, don’t be surprised if you find yourself dealing with this as the weather transitions.
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