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Beginning stages of the croup. Some stridor and seal barking cough only when crying/coughing. Raspy. No fever. What can I do? 14m baby.

Beginning stages of the croup. Some stridor and seal barking cough only when crying/coughing. Raspy. No fever. What can I do? 14m baby.

Symptomatic measures: Croup is a viral infection of the upper airway. Antibiotics will not help. Often humidified air--running the shower--or cold air will help. A lot of fluids also. If the stridor is severe or worrisome evaluation by the pediatrician is indicated. Sometimes one dose of a steroid is given to reduce the inflammation/swelling of the airway. Keeping the baby calm until this runs its course will also help ...Read more

Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
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Barking Cough (Definition)

A barking cough is a symptom in which a child's cough sounds like a seal's barking. It is called croup and is usually caused by a viral infection in the larynx (voice box area). Adults with similar viral infections don't cough the barking sound because adults ...Read more


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31 weeks pregnant and have a horrible barking cough to the point of it hurting could it be croup? If so can it harm my baby?

31 weeks pregnant and have a horrible barking cough to the point of it hurting could it be croup? If so can it harm my baby?

Unborn baby?: If you are speaking about the unborn baby, then no. If you have a baby at home, then the baby may catch croup from you. It is a common viral illness in babies and toddlers. Steam up a steamy shower, try a cool mist vaporizer. These are the main treatments. ...Read more

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What can you do to relieve a barking cough?

What can you do to relieve a barking cough?

Barking seals cough: This is seen in croup. It helps to expose the child to a cold and humid air. Croup usually occcurs in the winter months and so opening up the window and letting your child breath at the window helps. If you can take the child outside sefely that works better. Humidifiers may help as well. If the child is having respiratory difficulty then u should take the child to er asap. ...Read more

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I am getting sick all the time, lots of barking cough?

I am getting sick all the time, lots of barking cough?

Get Evaluated: Cough is a symptom of an underlying disease. If a cough persists then it needs to be evaluated by one's physician. ...Read more

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What can I do or give my child, who is 6 yrs old, for a barking cough?

What can I do or give my child, who is 6 yrs old, for a barking cough?

Croup?: It sounds like croup. Humidifyimg the air in his room is helpful. Your doctor may prescribe either a steroid like Decadron (dexamethasone) and possibly racemic epinephrine. Encourage your child to drink well if he is able to also. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about having a barking cough after travelling to a country?

Can you tell me about having a barking cough after travelling to a country?

Barking cough: A cough can occur from any one of a multitude of infections. Barking coughs are classically associated with croup - which is a children's infection. In adults, you might get a barking cough from a viral infection. Some of the viruses that do it include: the flu, a virus called parainfluenza virus, adenovirus, and RSV. If the symptoms are really bad you'll have to see your primary doc for help. ...Read more

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My 2 year old has had a barking cough for over a week now, what could this be? No other symptoms apart from hoers voice

My 2 year old has had a barking cough for over a week now, what could this be? No other symptoms apart from hoers voice

Croup: Your child most likely has croup, which is caused by a virus. It causes swelling around the vocal cords, resulting in a hoarse voice and barking cough. It is usually worse at night. Give him lots of clear liquids. Take him in the bathroom with the shower running to breathe steamy air. Call your doctor if a fever >101, more trouble breathing, or not tolerating fluids well. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

Coughing is an important way to keep your throat and airways clear. However, excessive coughing may mean you have an underlying disease or disorder. Some coughs are dry, while others are considered productive. A productive cough is one ...Read more