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Would having croup have any effect on school performance?

Would having croup have any effect on school performance?

Not much.: The only effect of croup on school performance will be the time missed from classroom and the instruction missed. ...Read more

Dr. Mark Diamond
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Croup (Definition)

A description of variety on upper respiratory tract condition in children, including laryngitis, laryngotracheitis, laryngotracheobronchitis, bacterial ...Read more


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Son has parainfluenza/croup. His twin woke up coughing but not barky should I keep her home from school? Could this be early croup?

Son has parainfluenza/croup. His twin woke up coughing but not barky should I keep her home from school? Could this be early croup?

Depends: If your child is feverish and cough becomes more concerning, then I would have them seen by their doctor. This could be early croup, but it could just be the beginnings if a cold. ...Read more

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Hoe long does parainfluenza / croup last? Had steroid shot so how long before improvement? How long keep home from school? His dr wasn't helpful :0(

Hoe long does parainfluenza / croup last? Had steroid shot so how long before improvement? How long keep home from school? His dr wasn't helpful :0(

Depends: Croup symptoms generally peak 2 to 3 days after the symptoms of the viral infection begin. Viral croup usually lasts 3 to 7 days. Steroid shot usually works in a few hours and can last to up to 24 hours. If your child is still having breathing problems or feverish, then have them seen by a doctor immediately. ...Read more

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How long is croup contagious? My son drank out nieces cup who had it last wk. Her fever is gone and she's back at school. Still has a cough. Worry?

How long is croup contagious? My son drank out nieces cup who had it last wk. Her fever is gone and she's back at school. Still has a cough. Worry?

Unlikely...: Though one may contract a virus by touching a contaminated surface and then touching the eyes, nose or mouth, the timing of your niece's illness makes it unlikely. Croup is usually caused by a virus infection, most often a parainfluenza virus. After the third day of symptoms, a patient will begin to clinically improve. The cough may in itself represent a post-viral cough that may persist for weeks. ...Read more

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Should I be worried if my child has croup?

Should I be worried if my child has croup?

Get child to doctor: If my child had croup, I would immediately take him or her to the pediatrician. It may not be croup, but if it is, it could be dangerous.
Don't worry, but get to the pediatrician now. ...Read more

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Should a child be giving medicine for croup?

Should a child be giving medicine for croup?

Mostly treat symptom: Croup or laryngotracheobronchitis is an upper respiratory infection of viral origin and as such is normally self-limiting. A child with croup is generally treated for his symptoms, much like other upper respiratory infections. However, if the child displays severe symptoms, such as very difficult breathing, or cyanosis (blue complexion), then they should be examined by a doctor immediately. ...Read more

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After how many days does a child get over the croup?

Several days: Most often croup is over in 2-3 days. The cold like symptoms may persist longer but the barky cough usually resolves 2-3 days. ...Read more

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Can an adult get croup like a child?

Virus yes, Sx no: The croup is a description of a group of similar respiratory illnesses that come to a common symptom. The deep cough of the 6m to 8yo sounds like a seal bark. The process is triggered by a variety of viruses that commonly cause uri's or laryngitis in adults. The reason for the barking noise is the vibrations made by the kids rubbery airway during a cough. The adult airway is to stiff to vibrate. ...Read more

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What are the signs of croup in a child?

Barking cough: A barking cough that is much worse at night, relieved by steam or cold air; low grade fevers. ...Read more

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How do you know if your child might have croup?

Barking cough: Croup is described as a child with a "barking cough" that sounds like a barking seal. Typically, it is worse at night and is accompanied by cold-like symptoms. A physician will diagnose based on history and physical exam and possibly some additional testing. ...Read more

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How can you know if your child might have croup?

Barky Cough: Croup is often caused by a virus which causes swelling in and around the voice box. Seems to have its onset at night more often. The cough is very distinctive . Sounds like a seal or fog horn, barking. ...Read more

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What cough medicine is good for a child with croup?

What cough medicine is good for a child with croup?

None: Cough medicine is not recommended in general for young children and not indicated for classic croup. If the child has concerning croup symptoms they should be seen by physician as they may require other medications such as steroids. Cool air and warm moist air can both also decrease symptoms. ...Read more

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My child has asthma & the croup cough, what do I do?

My child has asthma & the croup cough, what do I do?

See doctor: You will need to see your doctor since this may be a signal that his asthma is getting worse. ...Read more

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Many problems, need answers. Should I ask the night nurse or wait for doctor for child with croup?

Both: It sounds like you have your child in a health care facility. Both the nurses, and to a greater extent the doctors, are familiar with the elements of croup, its treatment and outcome. Ask both to explain in terms you are capable of understanding. ...Read more

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How contagious is croup? My 2 yr old and 4 mo old were around child yesterday who was diagnosed last night. What should I look out for?

Croup: Look for barking cough, hoarseness and noisy breathing called stridor. Symptoms may be mild to moderate and get worse at night. It is contagious and caused by a virus and is self limiting and can be treated with steroids and in severe cases Epinephrine as well, children with sever cruip may need hospitalisation. ...Read more

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Hi! I frequently got croup as child, could it have cause scarring in my lungs or trachea? Whenever I get sick my breathing feels constricted.

Hi! I frequently got croup as child, could it have cause scarring in my lungs or trachea? Whenever I get sick my breathing feels constricted.

No: The process involves only the superficial linings of the lung major airways that are renewed/replaces constantly over your lifetime. Such an injury would not happen that way. ...Read more

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Is it normal for a child to get croup within 24hrs after a tonsillectomy? My 6 yr old sounds really croupy when he crys and coughs. What should I do?

Is it normal for a child to get croup within 24hrs after a tonsillectomy? My 6 yr old sounds really croupy when he crys and coughs. What should I do?

Intubation?: Sometimes for tonsillectomy they will put a breathing tube between the vocal cords to protect the airway and to breathe during the procedure. Sometimes this will cause irritation of the upper airway. As long as your child is not having any shortness of breath it should be ok; if he is then you should call the surgeon. Keeping your child hydrated and keep his room cool and humidified ...Read more

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My 8 yr old child has been ill since 10/2010. Diangosis mono, strep, flu, sinus, croup, pneumonia. Need a specialist, don't know what kind. Help!?

Depends on pattern: If your child has been healthy up till oct. 2010, but you've had trouble since, it seems like a new onset health problem. Were these DX from a continuing source of health care or multiple urgent care centers.(lables are cheep/ ot always accurate) I would wonder about mild asthma as a unifying DX for the majority of those listed. Start with ur dr and go from there. He/she will know what's available. ...Read more

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Please answer! Could my child go to school with poison ivy?

Please answer! Could my child go to school with poison ivy?

Yes: The blisters and the fluid in them are not contagious. Only the sticky substance from the plant is a problem. Make sure you check his clothing and wash or clean off the sticky residue from them. ...Read more

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Should my child go to school with a ringworm rash?

Should my child go to school with a ringworm rash?

First, make sure...: First, make sure that it really is a ringworm; many circular rashes are assumed to be ringworm by inexperienced caregivers. If it really is ringworm, once treatment is started, it is okay for your child to go to school. Treatment depends on the location; if it's on the face or scalp, make sure your doctor gives you an oral treatment — creams and lotions won't get the job done in most cases. ...Read more

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Can my child go to school with poison ivy rashes?

Can my child go to school with poison ivy rashes?

Poison Ivy: Poison ivy rash is not contagious. Rubbing the rashes won't spread poison ivy to other parts of your body (or to another person). You spread the rash only if urushiol oil -- the sticky, resinlike substance that causes the rash -- has been left on your hands. ...Read more

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Can a child go to a regular school if he is selectively mute?

Can a child go to a regular school if he is selectively mute?

Yes, but it's tough: A child who is selectively mute is by definition a "special needs child". Their version of communication will be different, and there is generally a good reason why they are mute, either from a social or other phobia, ptsd, antisocial syndromes, or other type of reason. A child who is selectively mute should get an iep (individual ED plan) to ensure a normal school offers the right services. ...Read more

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My child has a cold, how long until they can go back to school?

My child has a cold, how long until they can go back to school?

Depends on severity: A few days, at the least until the fever is gone.
If the child is really sick, keep them home until the fever is gone and they are able to drink and eat reasonably well. Otherwise, you will probably see that they are sent back home from school. ...Read more

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Should a child go back to school tomorrow, after just being diagnosed with mono?

Should a child go back to school tomorrow, after just being diagnosed with mono?

Probably not: At the onset mosr kids are still contagious but this period is hard to determine. The child may be overly tired and lethargic and school would not be beneficial if he can't even stay awake. When to return varies from patient to patient and it probably is best to talk with your pediatrician. ...Read more

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How can I get my child tested for dyslexia without going through the school system?

How can I get my child tested for dyslexia without going through the school system?

The least expensive: Way is to utilize a graduate program, since insurances rarely pay, Contact CHOP; http://www.chop.edu/healthinfo/learning-disorders.html or your International Dyslexia Association branch, http://www.pbida.org. Read "Overcoming Dyslexia" by Dr. Sally Shaywitz. 90% of cases are language-based, caused by lack of phonological awareness. "Vision training" & " Brain Balance" are unproven therapies. ...Read more

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How long should a child wait to go back to school after getting his appendix taken out?

How long should a child wait to go back to school after getting his appendix taken out?

Depends: Removal of the appendix is only part of the story. Ruptured at removal or not? Removed by open excision, or thru an endoscope? Delay until normal feeding & stooling? These factors influence an expected return to regular activities. Your surgeon should describe the milestones the kid should meet before returning to school. ...Read more

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How dose autism affect a child going to school?

How dose autism affect a child going to school?

Various factors: Children >2 yrs. Old with autism are evaluated through the school district by a multidisciplinary team assessment for levels of development & degree of autism. Then parents & educators make an individual educational plan, placing the child in the least restrictive setting + needed supports. Many kids who start in a pre-k "autism classroom" progress to " regular ed" class + supports after kg. ...Read more

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How long is it normal for a child wait to go back to school after getting their appendix removed?

How long is it normal for a child wait to go back to school after getting their appendix removed?

It depends: With early appendicitis, a laparoscopic appendectomy, and no complications, the child may be ready to return to school in 3-5 days. With ruptured appendicitis, a still-open wound, or significant complications, it may take several weeks. When the child is tolerating a regular diet, comfortable on at most simple pain meds, and strong enough to walk a good bit and carry a backpack, then return is ok. ...Read more