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Using techniques to help your child
control symptoms of
croup can help prevent the need to see a doctor at a
clinic or emergency room. These techniques focus on keeping your child's airway
open to make breathing easier.
croup attack usually can be managed at home. To help manage your child's
episode of croup:
If symptoms improve with these methods, put your child back
in bed with the humidifier blowing nearby. Do not smoke, especially in the
house. If the episode occurs during the middle of the night, it is a good idea
to sleep in or near your child's room until morning.
important to keep your child well hydrated. Offer water, noncaffeinated drinks,
flavored ice treats (such as Popsicles), or crushed ice drinks several times
Your child may have recurrent attacks throughout the
night. As long as symptoms improve with these methods, even briefly, your child
should gradually feel better and you likely will not need immediate medical
But if at any time your child has
severe difficulty breathing, call 911 or other emergency services immediately.
May 29, 2012
John Pope, MD - Pediatrics & Thomas Emmett Francoeur, MD, MDCM, CSPQ, FRCPC - Pediatrics
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