A 6-year-old male asked:
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Can you use albuterol for croup? And when do I know it's time to take his to the er?

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Dr. Hiro Kiguchi
9 years experience in Pediatrics
Breathing difficulty: Croup is an inflammation of the main airway, and most of the time, it is caused by a virus. Albuterol will not treat the inflammation. A child needs to be seen by a doctor when he/she has difficulty breathing, rapid breathing, retractions between the ribs, a high-pitched or squeaking noise when inhaling, drooling or difficulty swallowing, or looks very sick. Meds to reduce inflammation is needed
Answered on Mar 9, 2017
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