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Should a 2 month old baby be sent to daycare with croup cough? Is it contagious?

Should a 2 month old baby be sent to daycare with croup cough? Is it contagious?

Confusing question: In more than 3 decades of caring for kids, I have never labeled a 2 month old as having the croup.Cough, maybe, and usually from environmental irritants, and not contagious, but never croup. Any crouping at that age would indicate an airway abnormality that deserves evaluation (laryngomalacia).

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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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.

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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.

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Is croup contagious to adults? My niece has it she lives upstairs

Is croup contagious to adults? My niece has it she lives upstairs

Yes: Croup is usually triggered by one of several upper respiratory viruses that are all contageous. However, the croup like illness is rather age specific, occuring most fro age 6 m to 6 yr. Older kids or adults tend to have cold like symptoms or laryngitis if they get the germ. If a person has been infected by that virus strain before they would be immune.

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Is croup contagious to adults? My niece has it she lives upstairs and she hugged me hours before she got a fever. Am I at risk

Is croup contagious to adults? My niece has it she lives upstairs and she hugged me hours before she got a fever. Am I at risk

Yes and no: Croup is triggered by several common respiratory viruses that can infect anyone at any age that is not immune. However, the response of each patient is different. Croup is a pattern that involves the rubbery and small airways of kids & primarily emerges in those 6m to 6yr. Older kids and adults tend to have a cold/cough or laryngitis with the same germ. If you had that strain as a kid you are immune

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How long is parainfluenza / croup contagious?

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.

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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.

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I had gotten Croup as a teen and I now get it every year in the fall im 24, is it still contagious when I have it? And will it ever go away?

I had gotten Croup as a teen and I now get it every year in the fall im 24, is it still contagious when I have it? And will it ever go away?

Croup: Not sure why you get "croup" but if you are running fevers with it consider yourself contagious. And since croup is caused by a virus you could spread it just as if you had a cold and could.

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How long is croup contagious after steroid?

How long is croup contagious after steroid?

No: Steroid administration does not affect the transmission of croup. Steroids are administered to reduce difficulty breathing associated with croup. They reduce airway swelling caused by edema.

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My son started having symptoms of croup 48 hours ago. He was diagnosed by a Dr. Today. His fever is gone now. How much longer will he be contagious?

My son started having symptoms of croup 48 hours ago. He was diagnosed by a Dr. Today. His fever is gone now. How much longer will he be contagious?

Shedding for awhile: Viral shedding, or period of contagiousness, for these types of viruses can last weeks, and are shed through the upper respiratory structures. However, since most of the shedding occurs during the time that the person is feeling very sick and febrile, let your son's behavior and overall appearance be your guide. Most daycares and schools require a 24 hour fever free period (without medications).

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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?

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.

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Daughter on methotrexate and my son has bronchitis and croup. Dr says he is contagious so should I find someone to keep my daughter overnight?

Daughter on methotrexate and my son has bronchitis and croup. Dr says he is contagious so should I find someone to keep my daughter overnight?

Viral infection: Difficult to answer and very complicated. She has probably already been exposed. Methotrexate effects primarily neutophils which are seldom involved in fighting viral infections, which cause bronchitis and croup, unless this is pertussis (whooping cough).

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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.

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.

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What is the difference between croup and a regular cough?

What is the difference between croup and a regular cough?

Characteristic cough: Croup is typically caused by a number of viruses and has a characteristic barky cough. The quality of the cough is similar to a seal barking.

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Help my son's cough won't go away! Is croup. Middle of night?

Help my son's cough won't go away! Is croup. Middle of night?

Croup: Croup is an acute infection, not chronic. Croup can be severe the first 2-3 days then slowly gets better. Use a humidifier, mist up the bathroom, take your child out in the cold air. You said it won't go away, how long has he had it? Your child may have something else. Schedule an appointment with your child's doctor.

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Son was diagnosed with croup (tentatively). His cough is mostly gone after only 3 1/2 days. Is this normal for croup?

Son was diagnosed with croup (tentatively). His cough is mostly gone after only 3 1/2 days. Is this normal for croup?

Can be: Most episodes of croup are viral, lasting several days up to as long as 2 weeks. The 1st 2-3 days are usually the worst.

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What cough medicine should I give my son for croup?

What cough medicine should I give my son for croup?

See below:: The current cornerstones of treatment in the urgent care clinics or emergency departments are corticosteroids and nebulized epinephrine; steroids have proven beneficial in severe, moderate, and even mild croup. In the straightforward cases of croup, antibiotics are not prescribed, as the primary cause is viral. Of note: little evidence supports the clinical efficacy of cool mist.

Dr. Mark Diamond
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