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What is croup?

What is croup?

Seal Bark: 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

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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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What is croup?

What is croup?

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

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What causes croup?

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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Do adults get croup?

Do adults get 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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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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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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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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When will adult croup stop?

Adult croup: Croup is by definition hoarseness, stridor (the sound of air moving through an obstruction), and hoarseness. Generally croup is an illness of childhood. There is one fixed area in the airway called the subglottis. Kids get croup because this area is small and when is swells in reponse to inflammation/infection, the area becomes more narrow. If you have a persisent barky cough, see a physician. ...Read more

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Do a lot of people get croup?

Fair number: In North America, incidence peaks in the second year of life, at 5-6 cases per 100 children.Croup is most common pediatric illness that causes acute stridor, accounting for approximately 15% of clinic and emergency department visits for pediatric respiratory tract infections. Primarily disease of infants and toddlers, with a peak incidence from age 6 months to 36 months (3 years) in US. ...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 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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Can an adult get croup like a child?

Virus yes, Sx no: The croup is a description of a group of similar respiratory illnesses that come to a common symptom. The deep cough of the 6m to 8yo sounds like a seal bark. The process is triggered by a variety of viruses that commonly cause uri's or laryngitis in adults. The reason for the barking noise is the vibrations made by the kids rubbery airway during a cough. The adult airway is to stiff to vibrate. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have croup at 8 yrs?

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

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Does croup usually cause many symptoms?

Yes, in small infant: Usually you hear audible noise called stridor which means difficulty getting air in---in small infants airways can be life treatening, need medical supervision for respiratory distress---
this is an urgent infection by virus need to assess and treat. ...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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What are the symptoms of Croup disease?

What are the symptoms of Croup disease?

Croup: Croup is a viral infection caused by parainfluenza virus and causes cough and URI sympoms. Cough tends to be worse at night and sound barky like a seal. Treatment if symptoms are minor are steamy shower or cool air outside. If symptoms are severe nebulized medications or oral/intramuscular steroids may be needed. Fever and sore throat may be present. ...Read more

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Why does my son continue to catch croup?

Croup: Croup is usually casued by a virus and is usually seen during the winter season. If a child has croup like symptoms during the wrong season or has recurrent croup, her/his airway may need to be evaluated by flexibel bronchoscopy to make sure that there are no structural abnormalities of the upper airway (congenital or acquired). ...Read more

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Is there a shot to help reduce the croup?

Is there a shot to help reduce the croup?

No prevention shot: Croup (ltb or laryngotracheobronchitis) falls into three basic categories: viral (most common), allergic (sometimes called spasmodic) and bacterial (rare and life-threatening). The most common shot to help with croup treatment is Decadron (dexamethasone) which is a steroid to help reduce swelling. ...Read more

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Should I be worried if my child has croup?

Should I be worried if my child has croup?

Get child to doctor: If my child had croup, I would immediately take him or her to the pediatrician. It may not be croup, but if it is, it could be dangerous.
Don't worry, but get to the pediatrician now. ...Read more

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What are the most common symptoms of croup?

What are the most common symptoms of croup?

Common symptoms: Signs and Symptoms of c​rou​p include harsh "barking" cough. Noisy breathing (stridor), trouble breathing,
hoarse voice, mild sore throat, runny or stuffy nose
and fever. ...Read more

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Should a child be giving medicine for croup?

Should a child be giving medicine for croup?

Mostly treat symptom: Croup or laryngotracheobronchitis is a upper respiratory infection of viral origin and as such is normally self-limiting. A child with croup is generally treated for his symptoms, much like other upper respiratory infections. However, if the child displays severe symptoms, such as very difficult breathing, or cyanosis (blue complexion), then they should be examined by a doctor immediately. ...Read more

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Can you tell me which are the signs of croup?

Can you tell me which are the signs of croup?

Stridor: Stridor, a usually inspiratory high-pitched sound, is commonplace for croup. Also "croupy" cough often described as a "seal-like" bark is a sign of croup. ...Read more

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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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Do lots of people get croup, or is it unusual?

Do lots of people get croup, or is it unusual?

Fair number: In North America, incidence peaks in the second year of life, at 5-6 cases per 100 children.Croup is most common pediatric illness that causes acute stridor, accounting for approximately 15% of clinic and emergency department visits for pediatric respiratory tract infections. Primarily disease of infants and toddlers, with a peak incidence from age 6 months to 36 months (3 years) in US. ...Read more

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How do you know if your child might have croup?

Barking cough: Croup is described as a child with a "barking cough" that sounds like a barking seal. Typically it is worse at night and is accompanied by cold-like symptoms. A physician will diagnose based on history and physical exam and possibly some additional testing. ...Read more

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Is croup serious or a passing childhood illness?

Is croup serious or a passing childhood illness?

Depends: 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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How can you know if your child might have croup?

Barky Cough: Croup is often caused by a virus which causes swelling in and around the voice box. Seems to have its onset at night more often. The cough is very distinctive. Sounds like a seal or fog horn, barking. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: croup?

Definition: 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. ...Read more

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With croup, when to wait vs. When to go to the e.R.?

With croup, when to wait vs. When to go to the e.R.?

If mild: Seek ER if cool mist not clearing up stridor in 15 minutes, repeated episodes of stridor or trouble breathing, child’s chest or stomach retracting, bluish lips, lethargy, drooling, neck pain, stiffness ...Read more

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What can be done to alleviate coughing caused by croup?

What can be done to alleviate coughing caused by croup?

CROUP: Croup is barking cough due to nature of the coughing episode. You can increase the humidity by opening the hot shower in the bathroom and fluid intake. If it does not help, see your md for further evaluation of the baby. ...Read more

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Why do my baby's croup symptoms seem to be worse at night?

Inflammation: Croup causes inflammation around the vocal cords, resulting in narrowing of the airway, a characteristic barking cough and respiratory distress. At night, your baby’s airway becomes even narrower, as the head scrunches down against the chest. Also, the baby is not actively clearing his secretions when sleeping, which can cause choking episodes. Dry air from a heater also worsens the cough. ...Read more

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What can I do to relieve my baby's croup-related discomfort?

Get seen: Your doctor can prescribe a dose of steroids to help her get better faster.

Watch
http://www. Youtube. Com/watch? V=bf5sxehpgck
to learn more about croup. ...Read 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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My neice has croup and my brother is going to babysit my kids...can he give croup to my kids?

My neice has croup and my brother is going to babysit my kids...can he give croup to my kids?

Might: Croup is a symptom pattern that accompanies a variety of upper respiratory viruses. It is most often seen in kids 6mo-6yrs who have a rubbery airway that vibrated with the harsh cough. Older kids and adults can catch the same URI, but have minor symptoms like a cold. Your brother may have had enough of these viruses as a kit to be immune. Anyway, unless he gets ill he cannot pass it to your kids. ...Read more

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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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My son is coughin like a seal! Positive he has croup. People I know say no need for e.R, if he's responsive. Is that true or should he be seen in e.R?

Tough call: Often kids get better just by being taken out and breathing cold air, which makes them better on the way to the er. Try that first. ...Read more