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Croup And Shivering
Understand It: 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
Barking Cough: Croup is usually caused by parainfluenza virus. Vocal cords get inflamed. Cough described as a seal barking. Sometimes fevers accompany croup. Cool air or shower steam can help cords feel more comfy. For more severe cases, your doctor may provide antiinflammatory like Dexamethasone (steroid). ...Read more
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
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
At least a week: Most viruses follow the same basic pattern. Viral numbers expand exponentially until our immune systems can generate an effective response (fever is the first attempt). Antibody response to viruses takes 3-5 days and peak infectivity is usually the first week. We continue to shed virus for 1-2 weeks after. Respiratory viruses are spread by droplets which can travel up to 4 feet through the air. ...Read more
croup is a viral infection that effects the teaches- the main airway we breath through. It presents with barking cough, with or without fever. some kids can have stridor in severe croup.
Treatment will involve
- taking the child to your doctor
-Moist air and Oxygen will help
- doctor may give steroids to reduce airway swelling.
- enough fluids, use paracetamole for fever
-Prop up childs head ...Read more
Croup: The fastest treatment is aerosolized epinephrine. This will rapidly shrink airway swelling. It is normally on administered in ers. Another treatment is either oral or injected steroids to shrink the swelling. Those are prescribed or administered by you doctor. At home treatments are steam from a shower, or cold air exposure. ...Read more
Self resolving: Croup is caused by a number of viruses, and no specific curative antibiotics are curative. 'Treatment' is supportive, meaning interventions are aimed to improve comfort and avoid complications. That being said, one could reasonable say that all otherwise healthy children should recover from croup without 'treatment'. ...Read more
Adult croup: Most viral croup occurs between 3 months and 6yrs of age. Sometimes childhood croup can occur up to age 12. Adult croup can also occur but usually mild course due to larger airway. Shoud consult physician for treatment. Humidified air is helpful. If airway starts to feel very tight, or you begin to have severe shortness of breath, you need to be seen right away. ...Read more
Not particularly: True asthma has a genetic component and will emerge over time. Most males that will have a significant form will be symptomatic by a year of age, and a respiratory infection may trigger a flare up. Croup as a common infectious syndrome can bring out asthma, but does not cause it. There are lots of wheezy asthma like problems in childhood that disappear as kids get older. ...Read more
Basic features: Croup involves a weakened/inflamed area of the voice box below the vocal cords which produces a 'seal bark' cough when they try to expel mucus. Temperature is variable but usually not very high. Pneumonia produces rapid breathing & simple cough. Fever is often quite high. Both are worrisome and may be complicated. ...Read more
Sveral: Croup is an infectious (usually viral) narrowing of the upper airway. Usually sounds like a dog barking. Pneumonia is an infection of the actual lung tissue. Usually presents with fever, persistant cough, chest pain; rapid, short breaths; vomiting- especially as a result of vomiting can also occur. ...Read more
My 3 year old son has croup and he is coughing everywhere. How can I keep him away from my 6 month baby?
Croup: It is challenging for a family to isolate one sibling from another when one is sick. The most important thing is for all family members to adhere to good hand washing to try to prevent the spread of respiratory droplets. Even if this is followed, it is common for family members to acquire a viral infection afflicting another member of the family, so do not become discouraged if this happens. ...Read more
My 3-1/2 yrs old son got croup with woughping cough 2nd time in last 4 months. Is it something to worry about?
It could be allergy: This could be related to allergies needs to be examined and tested ...Read more
5 y/o being treated for croup, cough is getting worse- but more bronchitis than croup. Is this to be expected? Croup 3X this year.
Mgt/ workup: Croup may recur and is caused by a number of viruses. I would suggest seeing your pediatric lung specialist. In addition, airway structural changes, foreign body aspiration and persistent inflammation of the airway may be related to the symptoms. A virtual appointment is also available. Making a recording of the sound and noting when it is worse, will help in the diagnosis. ...Read more
My son is 2 and has croup. He's vomited twice bc he coughs so hard and it makes him stop breathing for a few seconds. Anything I can do?
Vaporizer: See pediatrician or pcp! Don't wait too long. ...Read more
My 3 yo was diagnosed with croup. Our nanny is concerned being exposed, taking it back to her kids. Is this likely? Any precautionary measures?
Yes and no: Your child has a common age-specific viral infection. If your nanny has been around him or her in close proximity, she likely has been exposed -- just like a common cold. If her kids are > 6 yr old, it really doesn't matter. If they are < 6 yr old, then it is a watch and wait scenario. But the spread is unlikely. I recommend all kids be fully vaccinated to prevent more serious infections. ...Read more
My son age 3 has recurrent croup never has a fever and just comes out of the blue, and always requires epi and dex to help im trying to find a trigge?
Classic croup is: Caused by a virus, which causes swelling in the upper airways. There is no vaccine or way to become immune to the virus. Generally, children "outgrow" croup as their airways become larger. Or...perhaps this isn't croup, but is a form of asthma, which could be triggered by an allergen, virus, or cold weather. If he has not had an allergy workup, it may be time. Then there may be meds to take to prevent it. ...Read more
My daughters cough os out of control. Not sure if its an asmal/ broncitus related or if cold. Croup is ruled out by dr's. No meds have worked so far?
18 month old had croup friday. Now has thickish mucus and is coughing till he almost vomits. Should I take him in to emerge it's a holiday no drs open?
See below: Croup will probably go away within a week without any problems. If he has a severe case of croup, you will know by labored breathing at rest. Rx: take your him into a steamy bathroom for 15 -20 min or out into the cold night air. Holding him upright will help him breathe more easily. Salt water drops/spray for nostrils every 4-6 hrs can help. ...Read more
Croup is an inflammation and swelling of the trachea (windpipe) and larynx (voice box). It is usually caused by a virus and lasts 5-6 days. Croup is common during the winter and spring and typically affects children age five or younger.
Children typically develop a croupy seal- like barky cough. If more severe, a child will develop stridor (a raspy breath) when breathing in. ...Read more
A Cold Varient: 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
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
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
Yes: The resonant honk or croup sound can be a feature of several upper airway problems that are similar to traditional croup. It does happen occasionally in older kids. I remember one dramatic case that affected the 8yo child of one of my supervising residents during residency. I recall he had a deeper respect for the illness after the event. A proper exam is needed for proper dx. ...Read more