Croup can be stressful for parent and child. The cough is alarming and the breathing is strained. My oldest son woke up in the middle of the night a few months back with the typical “croup” cough. It was midnight when he awoke from his sleep and I immediately administered these 3 remedies. Within an hour he was settled back down and back to sleep. No more “barking” cough. The next morning he was 100% better. I always start with aconite and luckily I had the other 2 remedies on hand. The key is to catch it fast….the sooner the better!
Homeopaths have three croup remedies that have relieved this condition for more than 150 years–Aconite, Spongia tosta and Hepar sulphuris.
First, give Aconite at the onset of croup.
Here the cough is dry, loud and barking and the child is exceedingly restless and anxious. If, after an hour, symptoms persist, give a second dose of Aconite. This is usually all that is needed.
“If, however, after another hour, your child’s breathing is harsh and
hard and the barking, ringing cough continues and breathing is still not
smooth and easy, give Hepar sulphuris.
Here the cough is loose and rattling and deeper toned. Rarely do we need more than Aconite in treating croup.
Spongia is the third remedy to have on hand and use at the onset of croup.
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There are also some wonderful natural cough syrups on the market that help with the symptoms of croup. You can pick them up at your nearest health food store.
Essential Oils for croup:
Diffuse these oils into the air or rub them directly onto chest and neck (carrier oil- coconut oil):
There are a few natural chest rubs that you can buy online or in the health food store. Look for brands that include essential oils. They work wonderfully.
If the symptoms get worse and not better, always contact your doctor.
Green Boot Girl