Have you heard of ‘Croup’? If not, this is a must-read for parents and parents-to-be.
3-year-old Reuben Humphreys was admitted to intensive care at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary after his cough took a deadly turn.
Reuben’s Dad told the Newcastle Chronicle: ‘Within 24 hours he went from a happy little boy running around on holiday to being in intensive care.
‘I’m a dad and I had never even heard of croup.’
Kids with croup have a virus that makes their airways swell. They have a telltale “barking” cough (often compared to the sound of a seal’s bark) and a raspy voice, and make a high-pitched, squeaky noise when they breathe.
Reuben’s parents brought the youngster to a walk-in centre when his cough croup worsened before he was rushed to hospital. Just days before, Reuben had been enjoying a family holiday to the Lake District with his parents.
Luckily, the three-year-old is beginning to show signs of improvement.
Call your doctor or get immediate medical care if your child:
- has trouble breathing, including very fast or labored breathing
- is too out of breath to talk or walk
- has pulling in of the neck and chest muscles when breathing
- has stridor that is getting worse
- is pale or bluish around the mouth
- is drooling or has trouble swallowing
- is very tired or sleepy or hard to awaken
- is dehydrated (signs include a dry or sticky mouth, few or no tears when crying, sunken eyes, thirst, peeing less)