Epinephrine for Croup

Topic Overview

The doctor may give your child epinephrine medicine to help open swollen breathing tubes if your child has moderate to severe croup. Epinephrine is given through a nebulizer in a process called a breathing treatment.

One breathing treatment with epinephrine may be enough, but sometimes children with croup symptoms need a second treatment or a different medicine to take later at home. Children will be watched in the doctor's office or emergency department for several hours after getting a breathing treatment with epinephrine to be sure another treatment is not needed.

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Other Works Consulted

  • Roosevelt GE (2011). Acute inflammatory upper airway obstruction (croup, epiglottitis, laryngitis, and bacterial tracheitis). In RM Kliegman et al., eds., Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics, 19th ed., pp. 1445–1450. Philadelphia: Saunders.

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By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
Specialist Medical Reviewer Thomas Emmett Francoeur, MD, MDCM, CSPQ, FRCPC - Pediatrics
Current as of June 4, 2014

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