I don't think Lucy has ever had full blown croup before.
However after 2 chest infections and now her 2nd cold, she looks blooming awful today. she has crusty eyes, which keep gluing together, snotty nose etc and looks really pale and poorly. she has a really loud chesty bubbly sounding cough and sounds quiet gravely. Her breathing is noisy although not struggleing to breathe at all. Her hands and feet keep going blue, but that is usual when she is poorly because of her hypothyroidism and "feeling the cold more"
Does this sound like croup? do i need to do anything im giving her calpol/nurofen. Im probably going to take her back to the drs monday to listen to her chest just to be on the safe side.
Poor old lucy - winter sucks My experience with croup (Daniel had it as a baby and got to rushed to hosp) is that it is mainly a seal like barking cough with sometimes if really bad, difficulty breathing. It so difficult to know what to do and when to go 'further' ie hospital or docs... One thing that we found really helpful to ease symptoms of croup/chestiness/snotiness was a vapouriser - its a plug in water tank thingy that sends out steam into a room and helps to clear airways - you can also put in a little menthol so that circulates round the room too. They aren't cheap, I think ours was around £50 (from Amazon) but we have found it worth it! I really hope Lucy feels better soon xx
poor lucy sorry to hear she is still poorly, maybe they need to change her antibiotics or increase the dose if she's not improving.
as sarah said, croup is like a barking cough, very distinct noise which sounds like their throats are very dry & sore... i'm not sure if this is what you're describing with lucy. sam had croup when he was younger & i found sitting in a steamy bathroom would help a little, by running a very hot bath & once the bathroom was full of steam i'd sit in there with him to ease his breathing, this also helps harry a bit when he's congested but he also has a couple of inhalers to help. harry also has a vapour plug in his bedroom which can help.
if you're worrying karen maybe it's worth speaking to the emergency doctor to put your mind at rest. this is such a rotten time of year for our kiddies, harry has been back on constant antibiotics for the past 2 months. hope lucy starts to feel better very soon xxxx