Woolsey Family Chronicles

Documenting the journey of raising triplets and their wild big sister

Croup January 24, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — The Hip Mothership @ 12:40 am

With the Internet, the iPad and smart phones at our fingertips, we have all become experts in everything in the world.

Last night, Chris and I became doctors.

We had just turned out the lights for a long winters nap at 10:45pm when I heard crying.  It was Preston.  This kid doesn’t wake up too often crying when he is supposed to be sleeping, unlike his triplet counterparts.  I ran upstairs to see what was the matter.  I immediately noticed that Preston was wheezing, like he was struggling to breathe.  My mom radar went off immediately and I brought him downstairs.  Chris was also concerned.  His wheezing was vibrating throughout his entire back.  When he coughed, it sounded like his lungs may collapse.  It was horrible to listen to.

We got the nebulizer out, which I must say should be a staple in every home with children, and gave Preston a breathing treatment.  His wheezing improved, but because the breathing treatment is a steroid to open up the lungs and make breathing easier, Preston was wired.

At 4:45am Preston woke up again with the horrible wheezing and cough.  That is when it hit me.  He has croup!  I have never had a kid that had croup but I have heard about it in the murmurings of fellow moms.

Chris got out his iPad and confirmed that in his expert technological research, I had made the correct diagnosis.  The Internet is a scary place.  According to the Internet, we should’ve called 911 with the symptoms Preston was exhibiting.  I think if it weren’t for the Nebulizer, we would have done just that.

Preston woke up this morning and all of his wheezing and coughing was gone.  It was like last night never happened.  Apparently this is called spasmodic croup; it comes at night and symptoms can clear during the day but then recur again at night.

When we called the on-call nurse at our doctor’s office, he said that we had done everything perfectly.  I think we missed our calling.  Or we are just good at looking things up on the Internet.

Now I am hoping that his croup symptoms do not come back tonight. If they do, this Internet doctor is ready with humidifiers, nebulizers and Ibuprofen.

Until next time, the mothership is signing off.

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4 Responses to “Croup”

  1. I’m a medical transcriptionist, you know. I could have easily diagnosed him because I type this kinda stuff all the time. It sounds to me like he may or may not have community-acquired pneumonia, a pulmonary embolism or possibly deep vein thrombosis. Does he smoke? You’re welcome.

    Noah had croup when he was tiny. He sounded like a seal. That’s a huge tell-tale sign. Poor sweet Mom and Dad!!!!

  2. I have also become an online medical professional. When you have small kids going to the ER is not as easy as it used to be so it is great that we can look these things up. My hubby is CONSTANTLY complaining about something hurting or “not looking normal” and I always have to ‘inspect’ him and then I jump on WebMD and type in his symptoms and *boom I just saved us a medical bill.

    Gotta love technology!

  3. Leslie Baker Says:

    Both my kids get that croupy cough now and then. The treatments described online really do seem to help. I have done both the “shut yourself and child in a bathroom with hot shower running to get it really steamy” as well as the “sit outside in very cold so the cold air shocks their lungs” treatments. And I agree – a nebulizer in your home is a godsend!


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