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Dr. Mark Diamond
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Croup (Overview)

Croup is a description of variety on upper respiratory tract condition in children, including laryngitis, laryngotracheitis, laryngotracheobronchitis, bacterial tracheitis or spasmodic croup. Common symptoms are: cough, inspiratory stridor, hoarseness, barking cough, sore throat and sometimes fever.


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I want to know what's the definition of croup?

I want to know what's the definition of croup?

Viral illness: Croup is usually viral illness affecting upper airway that is self limited.Most cases of viral croup mild and can be treated at home.Usually with barking type of cough. Should consult dr.to evaluate child for degree of respiratory difficulty and confirm diagnosis.Sometimes necessary to add steroids to albuterol and cold humidifier therapy if difficulty breathing.Called laryngotracheobronchitis. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Diamond
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Croup (Overview)

Croup is a description of variety on upper respiratory tract condition in children, including laryngitis, laryngotracheitis, laryngotracheobronchitis, bacterial tracheitis or spasmodic croup. Common symptoms are: cough, inspiratory stridor, hoarseness, barking cough, sore throat and sometimes fever.


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How long does croup last?

How long does croup last?

Common cold: Since it generally caused by cold viruses, it may last 1-2 weeks, just like the common cold. Usually the first night or 2 are the worst. ...Read more

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Treating Croup (Tip)

Treating Croup

Most cases of viral croup are mild and can be treated at home. If severe enough, then admission ...See more

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Treating Croup (Checklist)

Use a humidifier in your child's bedroom
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Sit in the bathroom with the hot shower on
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Prop your child's head up while sleeping
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Sleep in the same room as your child to ensure child is ok
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My 18mo boy has coughed mostly at night for 12 nights. 10 days ago he had croup. Is coughing a lingering symptom or unrelated to the croup?

My 18mo boy has coughed  mostly at night for 12 nights. 10 days ago he had croup. Is coughing a lingering symptom or unrelated to the croup?

Croup: The lingering cough could still be an effect of the croup especially if he still has nasal congestion/discharge. If it lasts more than 2 weeks, it maybe a good idea to bring him to his pediatrician to rule out sinusitis or bacterial bronchitis. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of croup?

What are the symptoms of croup?

Standard Symptoms: A classic sound described as a seal bark or dog bark. Usually worse at nite and 1st thing in the morning.It can be confirmed by your pediatrician. Learn to ignore the sound, but judge the severity by the discomfort of the child.Mild discomfort may respond to steaming the bathroom or a walk outside, more severe breathing trouble needs seen asap in the local er.The root infection is a cold virus. ...Read more

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Treating Croup (Tip)

Treating Croup

Try not to stress out the patient—that will worsen the croup. ...See more

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What are the signs of croup in a child?

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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What is croup and how do I treat it?

Croup treatment: Croup is a viral infection that can usually be managed at home, although it's reassuring to have a doctor examine your child. I instruct my parents to use a vaporizer, increasing the humidity as much as possible. If that's not enough, make a 'tent' with sheets around the bed and position the vaporizer in the tent. Carefully secure the sheets! going outside, in the cold air may break a spell. ...Read more

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Treating Croup (Tip)

Treating Croup

Hot steam from the shower or cold mist from the freezer can decrease respiratory distress. ...See more