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Up all night November 11, 2007

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I thought George was getting a cold but it ended up being Croup.

It was pretty scary.

I really forget how small they are until they get sick. I know he is only 2 1/2 but they grow so quickly and become so independent with emerging personalities.

Then they get sick and it completely reminds you how small and helpless they are.

George had a lot of trouble breathing, he woke up at 2 times last night with a barking cough and was really struggling for air. So we did everything they recommend from the steam to the cool mist humidifier but putting on our jackets and sitting on the front step in the cold air worked best.

So there we were, sitting on the front step at 1:00am.

Thanks god it worked.

He had another fit in the morning so we decided enough was enough and took him to the emergency room. I couldn’t wait another day for a doctors visit and let him struggle if it wasn’t necessary.

There isn’t much they can do for Croup but they did give him some steroids to try to keep down the swelling in his airways and it seemed to help. They said you really just have to let Croup run its course and it usually lasts 4 to 7 days, appearing worse on day 2 or 3. So hopefully the worst is over.

I hate when my kids are sick. I’m not good at being kinda helpless and not being able to do something to make it go away. I’m getting better, but I’m not good at it.

A website I always resort to before I call the doctor when it really isn’t necessary is Ask Dr. Sears. They really have good advice especially when I am not sure what to do.

I have their Baby Book

and it is the closest thing you can get to a baby manual.