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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

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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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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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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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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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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Help please! Could croup turn into bronchitis?

Help please! Could croup turn into bronchitis?

Croup: Most cases of croup are viral in origin. Infectious bronchitis can develop as a secondary infection in some children. ...Read more

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After how many days does a child get over the croup?

Several days: Most often croup is over in 2-3 days. The cold like symptoms may persist longer but the barky cough usually resolves 2-3 days. ...Read more

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How to tell the difference between laryngitis and croup?

How to tell the difference between laryngitis and croup?

Croup vs no sound: Laryngitis is often the effect of the croup agent on older patients. While the little kid develops the throaty & resonant croup sound, the older kid or adult may only have an inflamed voice box. The crouper makes the seal barking noise when they cough, the laryngitis patient usually has a normal cough & squeaky voice. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Would having croup have any effect on school performance?

Not much.: The only effect of croup on school performance will be the time missed from classroom and the instruction missed. ...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

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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My 7 month old has croup. Is he now more likely to get it each year?

Not necessarily: A past history of croup does not make you more susceptible. There are a hand full of different viruses that cause it, so kids can have it multiple times. There is also an uncommon condition called spasmodic croup that comes on rather quickly, is related to asthma, and can recurr in affected patients. ...Read more

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Could you explain what is a childrens disease called croup caused by?

Could you explain what is a childrens disease called croup caused by?

Viral illness: Croup is usually viral illness affecting upper airway that is self limited. Most cases of viral croup are mild and can be treated at home. Usually with barking type of cough. Should consult physician to evaluate child for degree of respiratory difficulty and confirm diagnosis. Sometimes necessary to add steroids to albuterol and humidifier therapy if difficulty breathing. ...Read more

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What should I do to alleviate coughing caused by croup in a 3 year old?

What should I do to alleviate coughing caused by croup in a 3 year old?

Croup: Generally speaking, therapy for most cases croup is supportive meaning that the disease (usually a virus) must run its' course. Over-the-counter cough suppressants are not recommened for children. Treatment for cough that may help a child become more comfortable include breathing humidified air or steam from a steam-filled bathroom with supervision. For distressed breathing, seek medical care. ...Read more

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How can I prevent my kids from getting croup as it seems to be recurring?

How can I prevent my kids from getting croup as it seems to be recurring?

Recurrent Croup: Studies show that the main infectious causes of croup are usually parainfluenza viruses, however croup can sometimes be bacterial in nature. Studies also show that recurrenct croup can sometimes be of allergic etiology or from GERD, this variant is called spasmodic croup. Keeping your children's hands clean and instructing them to use hand sanitizer, and an allergy panel would be a good start. ...Read more