Hayden slept a lot of the day yesterday. This morning, I found him laying at the top of the stairs. He has no voice, a barking cough, and makes strange noises when he breathes. After feeling his warm - HOT - body, I gave him some Motrin and laid him on the couch. He fell back to sleep - the strange noises continued, almost like a snore, but with each breath. --- If he was a baby, I would say he had Croup. I would shove his head in my freezer, since it is so dang hot outside and let him sleep it off. But since he is 5 1/2 I decided to call the doctor.
Did you know 5 year olds can still get Croup? Yes, they can.
A dose of steroids (decadron, I think) mixed with Tylenol was given and we were sent home with three more doses. I asked the doctor if this was contagious... "Yep".