Newsgroups: alt.folklore.herbs
From: (Callie)
Date: 04 Nov 1995 02:21:41 GMT
Subject: Re: Croup

>My little guy was just diagnosed as having croup- too much trick or treating in the rain I guess. Anyway, the doc says it's a virus and nothing can be done except rest, blah, blah, blah- here's your bill, c ya.

Steve -
It's a virus ... attack the symptoms. Humidifiers keep the air moist and the bronchioles from clogging.
Keep the child as quiet as possible ... better to let him play quietly on the floor than fret in bed. You don't want any heavy breathing to trigger one of the croup attacks.

If he has an attack, pick the smallest bathroom in the house, go in with him (mommy works better), close the door, and turn the shower on HOT - pure hot. Sit on toilet with child in lap, rub his back soothingly, and encourage him to breathe slowly and evenly. It usually works.

From: (Ltrudick)

I don't know of any herbal remedies that help but I do know Vitamin C will. My son was 2 ½ when he started getting croup. The only thing that helped him and the help was immediate was Vitamin C. I dissolved a good tasting chewable Vitamin C by placing 100- 250mg Vitamin C tablets in a jar and adding 1 cup boiling water, stirring till dissolved. Refridgerate afterwards. I would give him 2 tablespoons (he loved it) at the onset of croup. Within a half hour he would be fine. I never had to repeat the dosage more than once. It always worked the same way. (1 tablespoon = 1500 mg Vit C.)

This dosage can produce diarrhea, but not to worry. Vitamin C has a really wonderful locking device that locks onto viruses and heavy metals and then takes them out through the elimination system. Read Adelle Davis/Let's Get Well. None of my children ever had viruses like chicken pox more than a day and a half. I would give them the dosage above every 3-4 hours during the day, until no new pox appeared.This dosage will also help tykes with ashma problems. By the way, my son is now 20, over 6 ft, a really healthy specimum.

From: (Anne Ost)

: My little guy was just diagnosed as having croup- too much trick or

Steve: The best thing for croup is to take them outside (bundle them warm) the cool air clears the passages. Cool humidified air helps too. Keep them away from all sources of smoke and it should runs its course in a couple of days. If he is having difficulty breathing take him back to the doctor if the cool air doesn't help.
I hope this helps.

From: (Lori M. Holder-Webb)

>My little guy was just diagnosed as having croup- too much trick or

I'm not sure about the _herbal_ remedies...

Both of my brothers had croup when they were small, but the doctor didn't say it was a virus, he associated it with respiratory allergies. When the boys would wake up in the night with a severe attack, my mom would carry them into a hot shower to breath the warm steam. In the seasons when their allergies flared up, they would sleep with humidifiers at night (I think there was eucalyptus oil in the water). This seemed to help.