I'm unable to search threads again today so I'm starting this topic. When the search did work a bit ago I didn't find a thread on this - sorry if I'm wrong.
My 3 year old woke up in the middle of the night with loud, labored breathing, very hot and with some coughing. Our 5 year old has had issues with croup and he sounded similar (from what I remember) so I took him outside. That was too cold so we went into the bathroom and steamed him. His breathing settled. We gave him a little ibuprofen as well to calm his fever down. I brought him back to our bed and he was breathing much easier. A few hours later he was very hot again and difficulty breathing. Daddy took him back to the bathroom and brought him back 10 min. later and I saw no change but dad said they ran all the water out. I'm a bit irritated w/ myself because I'm thinking Daddy didn't steam him enough or something because it worked for me but then I think I'm being stupid because how hard is it to steam a bathroom up? I don't know, maybe I'm just being silly - maybe it really didn't work that time??? Well, he's sitting in the rocker now and breathing is slightly better - I've been giving him ice water. Daddy just gave him cough syrup which I didn't want to give him but I didn't want to object because I know he wants to help him and maybe he is right? I'm at a loss, any ideas with what this might be and what we can do to help him. I'd like to avoid meds if possible. Gabe is NOT up to date on vaccines and I do want to avoid RSV or pneumonia, obviously - not sure what to do today with him. Oh, and he says it hurts in his mouth, so I'm assuming that means he has a sore throat.