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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
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.
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.
Current as of:
June 4, 2014
John Pope, MD - Pediatrics & Thomas Emmett Francoeur, MD, MDCM, CSPQ, FRCPC - Pediatrics
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