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Dr. Mark Diamond
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Croup (Overview)

A description of variety on upper respiratory tract condition in children, including laryngitis, laryngotracheitis, laryngotracheobronchitis, bacterial tracheitis or spasmodic croup.


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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

Dr. Mark Diamond
261 Doctors shared insights

Croup (Overview)

A description of variety on upper respiratory tract condition in children, including laryngitis, laryngotracheitis, laryngotracheobronchitis, bacterial tracheitis or spasmodic croup.


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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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Croup (Tip)

If you have a child with croup, 1st best thing to calm the cough down is cool air, 2nd-steam shower. ...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 your child and run hot water in the shower
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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 he/she is okay
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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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Croup (Tip)

Fall is coming. Avoid croup by washing child's hands frequently and avoid people with URIs. ...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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Croup (Tip)

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

Dr. Jay Park Dr. Park
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What medications can I give to a 4 year old that was diagnosed with croup?

Dr. Jay Park Dr. Park
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No need: Croup is a common acute respiratory illness caused by viral infection. Affected children make "croupy cough, " and experience breathing difficulty. Exposure to high humidity is of help. In case child experience significant breathing difficulty, seek a medical attention. ...Read more

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Acute tracheobronchitis, croup, stridor, RSV. Thought to be what I have. Normal chest X-ray, CT scan normal blood ox normal. Help. What test do next?

Acute tracheobronchitis, croup, stridor, RSV. Thought to be what I have. Normal chest X-ray, CT scan normal blood ox normal. Help. What test do next?

Possible rx: If you have an acute infection, the symptoms most likely will resolve without need for further testing. If you have had symptoms for three or more weeks, a secondary infection, antibiotics may be used to treat a specific bacterial infection; prolonged inflammation is treatable with aerosolized steroids. These are some possible management options. ...Read more

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Croup (Tip)

Keep your child calm; crying increases the symptoms of croup. A steamy bathroom will help. ...See more

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How do I know if I should get my baby medical attention for croup?

How do I know if I should get my baby medical attention for croup?

Not the Sound: 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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What causes croup?

It's a virus.: Croup is caused by a virus. Most commonly, the parainfluenza virus. This virus infects the upper respiratory tract, more specifically, the larynx (voice box) and trachea (wind pipe). This is why children with croup end up with a hoarse voice and the telltale barking cough. Cases of croup peak in the fall and winter and are generally most common in children ages 3 months to 3 years. ...Read more

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Croup (Tip)

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

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What should I do if my toddler keeps getting the croup over and over again? She has had croup for about 3, 4 times! Does it mean she might have asthma?

What should I do if my toddler keeps getting the croup over and over again? She has had croup for about 3, 4 times! Does it mean she might have asthma?

Yes: Recurrent croup is likely from asthma but this needs to be evaluated by your pediatrician and/or an allergist. This condition however may subside by age 3 or 4 in a high proportion of children. Due to the small caliber of the airways in young children, making a diagnosis of asthma may be difficult. If the child has eczema and found to be allergic + pos family history, then asthma is more likely. ...Read more

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How can I treat croup?

See your doctor: A single dose of steroids often helps the child clear this sooner. Seeing your doctor insures the proper diagnosis and will get you the prescription that you need.

Watch
http://www. Youtube. Com/watch? V=bf5sxehpgck
to learn more about croup. ...Read more

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Croup (Tip)

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

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My 3 y/o was treated for croup 10/11/12. Cough since then, fever started yesterday. Hr went from 112 to at least 140 overnight.?

My 3 y/o was treated for croup 10/11/12. Cough since then, fever started yesterday. Hr went from 112 to at least 140 overnight.?

Likely unrelated: Depending on when this question was asked, current symptoms are likely not related to october's croup. Most likely a viral pneumonia, but visiting your pediatrician is recommended. ...Read more

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Is there a difference treating croup with nebulized epinephrine vs recimic epinephrine?

Different meds: These are different forms of the same basic med & provided in different concentrations. Epi (1%) racemic @ 2.5%. There is qualitative differences on their effectiveness in a given patient. ...Read more

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Croup (Tip)

Cool humidifiers work. If not open up windows and have child breath cool fresh air. ...See more

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What is the best treatment for croup?

What is the best treatment for croup?

Supportive care: Mild croup is often treated with cool mist to the face, or, at home taking the child in a bathroom with steam. If moderate- to- severe, the child may require care in the doctor's office, emergency department or admission to the hospital. Standard treatments may include, among other measures, steroid medication and racemic Epinephrine to alleviate airway obstruction (swelling). ...Read more

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Could RSV turn into croup. My 4month old has RSV he has had a cough 4 a while but now it sounds like a bark it gets better after breathing treatments?

Could RSV turn into croup. My 4month old has RSV he has had a cough 4 a while but now it sounds like a bark it gets better after breathing treatments?

Can cause croup: Most cases of croup are caused by viruses, usually parainfluenza virus and sometimes adenovirus or respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). ...Read more

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Croup (Tip)

Do run a cool mist humidifier to keep air moist. Don't forget to wash hands to avoid spreading virus. ...See more

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Have you ever used spongia testa as a natural way to get rid of the croup instead of a steroid?

Have you ever used spongia testa as a natural way to get rid of the croup instead of a steroid?

No: Truly homeopathic "medications" are made by repeated dilutions, so that the ingredient is not really in the medication anymore (just the "essence" of it remains). That means there is no active ingredient left to cause any benefit. However, that also implies that the homeopathic "medicine" should be pretty harmless, unless some other non-homeopathic ingredients were added. ...Read more

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Croup (Tip)

Try taking your child into a steamy bathroom or outside into the cold night air. ...See more

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3 month old son got my cold. It seems mild but he has a bit of croup. I'm exclusively breastfeeding so I thought my antibodies would protect him?

3 month old son got my cold. It seems mild but he has a bit of croup. I'm exclusively breastfeeding so I thought my antibodies would protect him?

Viruses: Your antibodies do protect him from many illnesses, however some of the most common illnesses are caused by viruses and our bodies don't produce long-term antibodies to them. That is one of the reasons we get repeated colds throughout our lives (that and genetic mutations). ...Read more

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Are there ways to prevent the relaps of croup in children?

Are there ways to prevent the relaps of croup in children?

Depends: Croup is a common in young children whose airways are rubbery & can make frightful noise with a forcefull cough. Several different viruses are implicated and recurrence over several seasons is common. Spasmotic croup is related to asthma & may recurr more. Your pediatrician should help you sort our your childs pattern so meds can be used if indicated. ...Read more