Since the AAP says you can't give much to under 6-year olds, we're going old school for poor Dev.
The steroids did their thing to open her airway and stop the croup (barking) cough. Also, the fever has subsided.
But, we're left with runny nose and regular/hacky cough. General misery & sleeplessness, too.
The steamy shower alternating with cold air works well. But, there's only so many times you can go through that 45 minute routine.
I looked on the internet for "home remedies" for cough and found lots about honey and lemon concoctions. I settled on some lemon water (1/2 a lemon's juice with a little water) & a 1/2 tsp of honey.
Dev's a champ at taking medicine and will pretty much down anything put in front of her. She didn't bat an eye at the gross lemon water....
Her cough was instantly better & she's resting. (but not sleeping)
The last few days are a reminder of those first weeks with newborn. I've had that fuzzy, less-than-6 hours-of-sleep feeling all week.