Leif has croup.
After supper yesterday, Leif made a bark sound giving me the first clue that he was under the weather. I wasn’t too worried about it since both kids have had croup before and while we all lose a bit of sleep, it’s not that big of a deal. Croup is just an inflammation of the small larynx and trachea of young children.
Last night was a different croup experience for me. I almost wanted to call the hospital, mainly because I didn’t have anyone else to confer with. Leif wasn’t coughing much but he was wheezing and his breaths were shorter than I was comfortable with. When he did cough it was upsetting to him causing more coughing and making it even harder to breath.
I took him outside for some night air which really helped. I wish it were a bit cooler and breezier though because we couldn’t feel much coming from the wide open windows right above our heads. I would rather not spend most of my night outside! At least being awake in bed is more comfortable than sitting out on the deck.
Paxye reminded me that night three is usually the worst before it gets better. Seems daunting to know I still have two more nights of little sleep. There’s not much that can be done to help ease the inflammation apart from some fresh cold air.
As usual, he’s doing fine today. Nursing often and he’s already had a good long sleep. I, however, didn’t get a chance to follow suit. Looks like we’ll be going to bed early!