I am back after a longest break ever, was extremely busy along with sick kids.Weather is unexpectedly calm and temperature fluctuates frequently from -18 to +10, means be prepared for viral and allergies .Dont think I am unhappy but dealing kids in this weather is a battle.One day they have to bundle up with thermal wear ,snow pants ,boots and hat on the very next day they want to wear just a hoodie.You dont know how many layers you need until and unless it’s an extreme cold warning.Thats make everybody sick especially babies ànd young kids.
I still remember an early spring night when my youngest child(3rd one) coughed so horrible and we rushed to hospital because we havent had that experience before.My two elder kids never had such type of cough.If you know that barking sound that’s commonly known as “Croup”.Its a viral infection of vocal cord(voice box) and wind pipe.thats most common cough in North America usually kids under age of 6 are affected.A runny nose and night time cough similar to “dog bark” are the symptoms of croup,your child may have 99°-100°F temperature.
If temperature goes up and symptoms last more than 3 days you must visit and let your child seen by a doctor immediately ,he may need steroids and other treatments.
I am not a Doctor neither I am an expert but these are simple precautions and remedies you can do at home and make your kid feel better .
Use humidifier and keep the room cozy for your croupy baby, if you don’t have humidifier put a bucket of water near his bed to keep his vocal track moist .
If he start coughing,try to take him for a walk in fresh air for half and hour. If you are unable to go out because of harsh weather just open a window and ask him to breathe in and out.
You can open your freezer and ask him to breathe, that’s also soothe the vocal track,sound weird I know but it helps a lot.
Last but not least,Open your hot water and let steam filled your washroom and take him with you and give him a steam bath with door closed,ask him to breathe harder.These simple tricks help me alot,it might gets few days to cough and fever go away but if its getting worst your child must seen by a Doctor.