A 35-year-old female asked:
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my almost 2 year old son has a very loud dry cough. during the night it does sound like a bark. could this be croup or bronchitis? should i take him to a gp today?

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Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
35 years experience Pediatrics and Pediatric Pulmonology
Assessment: He may need a short course of steroids. Continue to provide fluids, cool air mist and nasal saline drops. Monitor for fever and if there is a pattern of croup illnesses, further studies of his airway may be required. If the cough is croupy, most likely there is upper airway swelling or narrowing.
Answered on Mar 15, 2020
Dr. Stuart Hickerson
31 years experience Family Medicine
Croup: This sounds like croup. Croup is a viral process that effects the larynx. For adults they get laryngitis. For children there larynx is smaller and they develop croup. Symptoms typically last 3 days or so. The bark is a common symptom. If no signs of retractions or distress croup can be managed with cool mist of water.
Answered on Mar 16, 2020

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