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Here’s the Scoop on Croup

Joette Calabrese, HMC, PHom M

May 10th, 2012  |  13 Comments

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coughing baby bb65d821c7eb2In case you missed my free webinar, The Five Most Common Mistakes Parents Make in Their Children’s Health, I wanted to share an excerpt from the section on croup.


Croup is a respiratory infection accompanied by a harsh, barking cough. Most common in very young children, croup frightens parents because it sounds as if the child can’t catch his breath. This viral infection leads to swelling that constricts the respiratory passages causing very loud breathing sounds. Croup should be carefully watched, and emergency care sought if breathing is too labored, but a parent armed with a little homeopathic know-how and common horse sense can successfully treat croup at home.


First, bring your child into the bathroom and place him next to the running shower where he will be exposed to the steam. You should see a modicum of improvement in his breathing after half an hour or so of being exposed to this warm, moist air. The breathing passages will relax and the cough will diminish.


Next, select the best fit from the following three homeopathic remedies.


When choosing croup remedies, our main focus is time.


• If the cough begins just after midnight and your little one is fearful, then the remedy is Aconitum 30. As always, Aconitum is most useful at the beginning stages of an illness and for symptoms that come on suddenly. So if your child has had croup for over 24 hours, it’s unlikely that Aconitum will be of value.


• If instead, it’s closer to 2 AM or the cough sounds like a saw grinding through wood, then use Spongia 30. Cold drinks and talking make the cough worse when Spongia is the correct remedy.


• A croup cough that begins at 3 AM generally calls for Hepar sulph 30. The child is irritable and the cough rattling. Coldness and drafts make the cough worse.


Choose one of the above remedies and administer it every 30 minutes if the cough is severe and every 2 hours if it’s a milder version. As soon as improvement ensues, stop the remedy.  One of the clearest signs that the baby is improving is if he falls asleep.  If on waking the cough returns, continue treatment.


There you have it! You’ve just learned how to treat a cough that has frightened parents and baffled emergency room personnel for years. In just 3 minutes, you’ve become a mini expert. You can treat your child’s croup yourself.

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Joette laughingI am a homeopath with a worldwide practice working with families and individuals via Zoom. I'm also a teacher and most importantly, a mom who raised my now-adult children depending on homeopathy over the last 31 years. I lived decades of my life with food intolerances, allergies, and chemical sensitivities until I was cured with homeopathy, so I understand pain, anxiety, and suffering. You may feel that your issues are more severe or different than anyone else’s, but I have seen it all in my practice and in my work in India. My opinion is that nothing has come close to the reproducible, safe and effective results that my clients, students and I have achieved with homeopathy.

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Joette is not a physician and the relationship between Joette and her clients is not of prescriber and patient, but as educator and client. It is fully the client's choice whether or not to take advantage of the information Joette presents. Homeopathy doesn't "treat" an illness; it addresses the entire person as a matter of wholeness that is an educational process, not a medical one. Joette believes that the advice and diagnosis of a physician is often in order.

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13 thoughts on “Here’s the Scoop on Croup”

  1. paxagrarian says:

    I’ve had great success with this! Wonderful stuff!

  2. TrulyJen says:

    When my son was around 8 he woke up with the croup, it is very scary. He was panicking and couldn’t catch his breath. I didn’t have the knowledge of homeopathy i do now. But, thankfully, I did know to take him out in the cold air. It was really warm here in Arizona, so I held his head up close to the freezer. The relief was instant. I then put him in a steamy shower for good measure.

  3. emmalina73 says:

    I used this protocol for my son when he developed croup at 9 months old. A combination of Aconitum (administered in sleep!) and breastfeeding drove it away by morning : ) I’d be interested to see someone argue it is a placebo when it is given to a sleeping child!!!

  4. Amy says:

    I looked this up at 1:30am this morning with my 5-year-old, and after one dose of spongia, she is running around like a wild person now at 9am. I’m still finding my way around homeopathy, but it’s times like this that I really appreciate this site!

  5. Cindy Hair says:

    Joette, please consider doing a blog entry for COPD or chronic bronchitis.

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      good idea. thanks

  6. Lynn Tapper says:

    My son had croup has a baby…..did not know homeopathy at the time (never heard of it). I did take him into a steamy bathroom and it always helped. Today he has spring allergies, enlarged tonsils. Can this be an effect of not treating it properly as a baby? What would you do to correct it many years later?

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      If you simply took him into a steamy bathroom, I’d say you were a pretty prudent mom and your method did more good than anything else. To correct what remains is an entire case and I don’t take cases on this blog forum.

      1. Lynn Tapper says:

        Yes, I know you don’t take cases. Was looking for a general statement on possible corrections for ANYONE years after these types of things.

  7. Amy Blakney says:

    What if the croupy cough goes away but the high fever remains? Would you treat just the fever or continue treating the croup or would you look for the possibility that it is turning into a different illness?

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      Fever is a beautiful thing in normal, childhood illnesses. pls read https://joettecalabrese.com/blog/get-your-kids-high-fever-is-good/

  8. Heather Perry says:

    My daughter is 4 months old, are these safe for her?

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH says:

      I can not tell you whether a medicine is safe for a specific person but croup is a condition of babies and small children.

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