- Tight, low pitched barky cough (seal like bark).
- Voice or cry hoarse sounding.
- Child may have stridor – crowing like noise when child breathes in as croup becomes worse.
- Symptoms tend to increase in the evening and last for 5 -6 days.
- Associated symptoms include fever or nasal congestion.
Croup without stridor:
- Cool mist vaporizer at night.
- Increase daily fluid intake. Use warm fluids if having cough spasms to relax airways.
- Ibuprogen if older than 6 months. Cold medications or antibiotics do not cure the illness.
Croup with stridor:
- Take child outside for 5 -10 minutes into cold night air or have the child breathe in air from an open freezer.
- Foggy bathroom -turn on the hot water in the shower and close the bathroom door. Bring the child into the foggy room to breathe the warm moist air for 10-15 minutes.
- If these measures are unsuccessful call the office immediately.
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