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A 30-year-old male asked:

My daughter was diagnosed with croup thursday morning at 2am. her cough was clear then. she sounds now worse. lots of phlegm on chest and her breathing is still fast. im giving her the meds. is it normal for her to get worse before better?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
It happens: Croup is generally triggered by a variety of upper airway viruses that attack the airway just below the vocal cords. The accumulation of mucous triggers the cough & the weakening of the airway allows the weird crowing. The second night is usually worse than the first, the 3rd like the first, then it gradually improves. If she is not drinking & staying hydrated she needs a recheck.
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Last updated Mar 17, 2018

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