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Croupy Croup

I’ve been meaning to write but it’s been a crazy few weeks. So if you’re one of the people who have been calling, emailing or face booking me and I haven’t responded I apologize but life happens and I haven’t had time for anyone but Annabelle.

Today is day 11 of Annabelle not sleeping through the night so I’m tired. Last night I was asleep by 9:30pm only to be woken up by screams that could only mean Annabelle was in pain. Let me backtrack. On Saturday Annabelle wouldn’t nap (which isn’t unusual) but her screams were different and she had been acting a little funny the last few nights. I wasn’t sure what was going on because she had been acting fine at daycare. She was sticking her hand way into the back of her mouth so I thought she might be cutting a tooth somewhere back there so I’d been giving her camilia drops to try to help her little gums. But on Saturday the screaming was unbearable. I kept trying to put her down for a nap and she finally fell asleep in my arms for about 20 mins. Then the screaming started again. I gave in and gave her some Tylenol and called the doctor. She had no fever, no diarrhea, no throwing up she just wasn’t eating or nursing well and was obviously in some sort of pain.

So off we went to the Emergency Room at Cooks Hospital. To my surprise we got checked in and into a room pretty quickly. By now the Tylenol had kicked in and Annabelle was not screaming anymore. We got a room pretty quickly and waited and waited for what felt like forever but really wasn’t. It turns out Annabelle has croup which is the baby version of Laryngitis. She was sticking her hand way back in her mouth because her throat was hurting. Who knows how she got it? Maybe someone at daycare? I was sick earlier in the week but not with anything throat related, just a little cold from standing outside in the cold rain with no jacket on for a fire drill at school.

As moms we do everything we can to protect our babies and it hurts our hearts when there’s something wrong with them, especially when they can’t even tell you what’s wrong. Last night Annabelle woke up screaming again and was having trouble breathing because of all the phlegm in her throat. We went into the shower and turned the shower on as hot as possible, we stood in there until we were both sweating and then we walked outside into the cold humid Texas air, just like the doctor had said to do. That seemed to open her airway a little and helped her breath. Then we got a few more hours of sleep.

I’d like to give her some honey with lemon juice to soothe her throat but she’s not 1 yet, so no honey. I’m sure you other moms have experienced that the hardest part of this is not knowing what’s wrong, not knowing what to do and whether or not something is working. Her cough is still pretty phlegmy but she’s not crying as much but I’d love to ask her how she feels and then give her some home-made remedies and a bowl of chicken noodle soup. I’ll just have to wait until she’s older for that. And in the meantime I’ll be more diligent about giving her coconut oil every day to try to fight bacteria that comes her way.

Hopefully we’ll get rid of this croup soon and be back to getting a good nights sleep.


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