As parents, we all know that feeling of helplessness when our little ones fall ill. It’s a vulnerable moment that stays etched in our memories, and for me, that moment was the night my son, Mason, battled croup during our family vacation in Hawaii back in 2003. It was a picturesque setting that transformed into a night of sheer panic and a race against time.


We had embarked on what was supposed to be a dream vacation, basking in the beauty of the Hawaiian islands. Little did we know that the tropical paradise would turn into a testing ground for our parental instincts. Mason, our lively and energetic boy, fell victim to croup—a viral infection that targets the upper respiratory system, causing a distinctive barking cough and difficulty breathing.


As many croup cases do, the barking cough jarred us up from a deep sleep in the middle of the night. His persistent cough soon escalated into labored breathing. Panic set in as we witnessed our son struggling for air. The unfamiliar surroundings of our vacation home became a backdrop for a parent’s worst nightmare.


Without wasting a moment, we bundled Mason into the car and sped toward the nearest emergency room. The balmy Hawaiian night that had once felt so inviting now felt like an eternity as we navigated the unfamiliar roads in search of medical help.

The ER staff was swift and professional, assuring us that croup was a common ailment in young children and could be managed effectively. Mason received the allopathic treatments (injected steroids and oral antibiotics) and over time his breathing eased. 


Had I the chance to turn back time, I would have employed remedies from my Top 100 Kit to address his croup. Here are several frequently recommended homeopathic remedies for managing croup.


Aconitum napellus (Aconite):

Used in the early stages of croup, especially when symptoms come on suddenly after exposure to cold and dry winds. May help with restlessness, anxiety, and fever.


Spongia tosta:

Indicated for croup with a barking cough and breathing difficulties. Symptoms may worsen at night or with excitement. Often recommended when the cough sounds dry and harsh.


Hepar sulphuris calcareum (Hepar sulph):

Useful when croup symptoms are accompanied by a rattling or wheezing sound. May be prescribed if there is sensitivity to cold air and an inclination toward irritability.


If you’re eager to enhance your knowledge about preparing for illnesses this winter season, we extend an invitation to join us for more insights at our 4th Annual Cold & Flu Class!


In an effort to share these valuable insights with fellow parents, we invite you to join our 4th Annual Cold & Flu Class on November 14, 2023, at 7:00 pm CT / 8:00 pm ET. Together, we’ll explore these homeopathic remedies, learn preventive measures, and build a supportive community focused on the well-being of our families & friends.


Our Hawaiian vacation may have taken an unexpected turn, but it taught us the importance of being prepared, even in paradise. As parents, we continually grow and adapt, learning from our experiences to better safeguard our children. I hope our story serves as a reminder that, no matter where life takes us, our roles as caregivers remain constant, and knowledge is our greatest ally in the face of uncertainty.


Disclaimer: 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. Claims based on traditional homeopathic practice are not accepted as medical evidence and are not FDA evaluated. This is intended for educational purposes only.