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18 month old with croup. Wakes up screaming/crying non stop, throwing himself around like a tantrum. Breathing fine. Steam not calming. Er or wait?

18 month old with croup. Wakes up screaming/crying non stop, throwing himself around like a tantrum. Breathing fine. Steam not calming. Er or wait?

Sleep disorder: If your daughter does not wake immediately when you touch her and has no breathing difficulty, she is in the midst of a night terror an anomaly of sleep like sleep walking. If she wakes immediately it is a nightmare she will remember specifics.Night terrors occur in deeper sleep kids have no memory of them and often reflect sleep deficit. More sleep over several days will fix it. ...Read more

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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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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

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What do I do for croup?

What do I do for croup?

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

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What sort of disease is croup?

What sort of disease is croup?

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

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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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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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Is redipred for croup?

Is redipred for croup?

CROUP: Croup is an infection of the voice box (larynx) and windpipe (trachea). These are the upper and lower parts of the breathing tube that connects the mouth to the top of the lungs.Croup is common in young children and occurs most commonly between the ages of 1 and 3 years. Symptoms include ,Cough, which is usually harsh and barking.A steroid medicine such as dexamethasone or prednisolone is usually prescribed. ...Read more

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How contagious is croup?

How contagious is croup?

LIke a common cold: Croup is caused by a virus and is contagious. To put it in perspective, it is as contagious as a common cold. Good hand washing with soap and water or with hand-gel will decrease the risk of transmission. ...Read more

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Can croup cause pneumonia?

Can croup cause pneumonia?

Not exactly: Croup describes a clinical syndrome that involves infection ( usually viral) of the upper airway and maybe the air tubes ( bronchitis) so it can not "cause pneumonia" however some of the viruses that can cause croup like symptoms can also infect the lower resp tract and cause pneumonia or infection of the air spaces in the lungs. ...Read more

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Is swimming good for croup?

Is swimming good for croup?

Croup?: Increased humidity is good for croup. Run a humidifier in the child's room or sit in the bathroom with the hot shower on to steam up the room. Even taking a car ride with the windows cracked over can help with the stridor of croup. ...Read more

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Can you have croup at 8 yrs old?

Can you have croup at 8 yrs old?

Yes: Some children have croup for several years. Most croup is between 6 months and 3 years.It is thought that some children who suffer recurrent bouts of spasmodic croup have a primarily allergic rather than infective etiology. Rarely recurrence can be related congenital narrowing of airway that offers no problem when well but occurs with superimposed upper resp infection. ...Read more

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Is croup contagious to an adult?

Is croup contagious to an adult?

Yes: Adults can become infected with same virus that caused their child’s croup. However, adults and older children have larger airways, and the illness is usually mild and can seem more like cold. ...Read more

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Does croup affect the epiglottis?

No: Croup is viral infection that affects the larynx, trachea, and rarely bronchi, referred to as laryngotracheobronchitis. Most croup involves poximal trachea. Epiglottis infection is called epiglottitis and usually caused by bacterium. ...Read more

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Can i take my son swimming with croup?

Can i take my son swimming with croup?

Probably not: Croup is frequently caused by a virus that makes the upper part of the airway very sensitive. Changes in the temperature of the water and the air could irritate the condition. To be safe i would wait until the illness is passed. If there is a question, talk to your child's doctor. ...Read more

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What is the age limit on croup if any?

Mostly children: 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. ...Read more

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Doctors, what are the symptoms of croup?

Multiple/barky cough: Croup is associated with a barky cough and can be alleviated by warm moist air. It is most often caused by a viral infection. Other associated symptoms include nasal congestion, fever and possibly vomiting associated with the cough. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of croup in a baby?

What are the symptoms of croup in a baby?

Barking cough: Croup is condition that causes an inflammation of the upper airway —larynx and trachea. It often leads to a barking cough or hoarseness, especially when child cries. in children 6 months to 3 years old, but can affect older kids too.Cold symptoms, like a stuffy nose and fever predate airway noise. ...Read more

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How do you prevent getting Croup disease?

How do you prevent getting Croup disease?

Viral infection: Croup is a viral infection caused by parainfluenza virus and is transmitted airborne in a similar fashion to the common cold. So good hand washing and avoidance of a sick contact can aid in prevention, ...Read more

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My 15 year old has croup, is this abnormal?

My 15 year old has croup, is this abnormal?

Croup in teens: Croup is certainly more common in young children. Croup describes the barky nature of the cough. If your teen is also having upper respiratory symptoms it is possible that he/she just has inflammation in the throat that make the barky sound when he/she coughs. If there are no other symptoms and the cough lasts more then 2 weeks he/she should be seen by a doctor. ...Read more

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Please tell me can a 14 year old catch croup?

Please tell me can a 14 year old catch croup?

Yes: Adults can become infected with same virus that caused their child’s croup. However, adults and older children have larger airways, and illness is usually mild and can seem more like a cold. ...Read more

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Dr. Alan Mease
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Crying (Definition)

Crying = release of tears ...Read more