Croup

  • Sudden onset of a viral infection resulting in swelling of the area between the tongue and throat
  • Affects breathing
    Symptoms may include a repeated barking cough, high-pitched, harsh sound due to obstruction and breathlessness
    Commonly spread by breathing in infected droplets from the air or contact with contaminated objects
  • Affects males and females
  • Can occur at any age but more common in young children
    May be mild to severe requiring a breathing tube to keep the airway open
  • May be life threatening

  • Use cool air humidifier for moist air
  • Breathe warm moist, steamy air in bathroom
  • Breathe cool fresh air outdoors
  • Comfort and distract child
  • Sit upright to improve breathing
  • Encourage resting
  • Wash hands frequently

 

FOR FEVER

  • Apply cool cloth to forehead or armpits
  • Drink plenty of fluids (especially water)
  • Avoid alcohol, tea and coffee as these drinks can cause slight dehydration
  • Over-the-counter medicine (refer to manufacturer’s recommendations for dosage):
    • Acetaminophen
    • Ibuprofen
    • Aspirin (Do not give to children or adolescents)

 

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