My, how things have changed

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Gwenoakes
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My, how things have changed

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Have been looking on line and came across advice for children who have Croup.
Andrew my son had croup from a very early age and it lasted for about 7 years. I was told to put him in the bathroom with plenty of steam, use a Coaltar vapouriser that literally stunk the whole house out and not to let him go out into any cool air. It always ended up with him on antibiotics too.
Now I have read you do not put in a steamy room, open windows and get fresh air in, sit upright and if necessary they have steroid inhalers.
Two totally different ways of dealing with this nasty ailment and tbh it has left me wondering what is the right way to deal with it.
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It certainly is a change Gwen. I used a vapouriser for my oldest son when he was ill with too frequent bronchitis.
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It makes sense to use steroids as too often the severe symptoms which can be fatal in some cases, are caused by the body over-reacting to an infection (similar to how some of the severe cases of Covid are being described) Bear in mind that these medicines are relatively new compared to the coal tar treatment which was once considered standard because there was nothing else available at the time. Don't forget that when it was first used, there was no antibiotic treatment (or NHS) in those days either. Even the use of steroids and the different types available have been fine tuned since they were discovered

Using steam was a method is "loosen" up the chest to make it easier to cough up phlegm in bacterial infections, and the coal tar is basically a strong disinfectant to kill off bacteria/virus - except it also damaged the delicate lining of the throat and lungs which allowed secondary infections to enter, hence the need for antibiotics. Also, cresol (one of the components of the coal tar treatment which gives the characteristic smell) is classified as harmful and causes burns and damage to other organs. It's not surprising that it is no longer standard treatment as it could do more harm than good.
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I've never come across croup except from reading Anne of Green Gables. Just been looking for the remedy she used and found this on Wiki
Ipecacuanha has a long history of use as an emetic, for emptying the stomach in cases of poisoning, a use that has been discontinued in medical settings (see syrup of ipecac). It has also been used as a nauseant, expectorant, and diaphoretic, and was prescribed for conditions such as bronchitis.
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