By Louise Tenney
Croup can be a frightening condition for both the child the parent. It
is an infection of the upper respiratory tract that causes constriction
and narrowing of the larynx and cheast.
It is most often viral in nature.
Inflammation in the voice box and windpipe causes swelling and difficulty
in breathing and talking, resulting in a brassy, bark-like cough. There
is also a wheezing with the intake of air. The condition can be mild or
Respiration usually appears to be low and rapid with the abdominal muscles
pulling in as a breath is taken.
It is a common condition most often affecting children age three months
to four years. The condition usually worsens at night. And croup, as with
many viral infections, mostlly occurs in the late fall and winter.
Humidifying the air can help. Taking the child out into the cold air can
temporarily relieve the problem. The child will probably prefer to sleep
in a slightly upright position.
Croup is most often caused by a virus, but some serious cases may be bacterial
in nature. Congestion and mucus may dry in the throat area causing difficulty
in breathing. Croup can also be caused by a cold virus settling in the
upper respiratory tract.
Cases of croup have been linked to allergies, air pollution and milk products.
Use a cool mist humidifier in the child's room. A cool compress to the
throat may control an attack.
Remain calm and reassuring to the child.
Bundle the child in a blanket and take the child outside for a few minutes
if it is a cool night.
Have the child sleep in a slightly upright position.
Keep the child away from cigarette smoke.
Apply hot onion packs over the chest and back.
Avoid dairy products and mucus forming
Give children ample liquids such as citrus juices, herbal teas, and warm
vegetable broth. This helps to loosen the mucus.
NATURAL REMEDIES RECOMMENDED BY FWNC
DR. JENSEN'S COUGH SYRUP:
Place 6 cut white onions in double boiler, add 1/2 cup pure honey.
Cook slowly over low fire for 2 hours. Strain.
Will stop a cough if taken regularly.