Conditions

Croup

Croup

Croup is an infection that affects the voicebox (the larynx) and the windpipe (the trachea). It usually appears in kids aged six months to three years, and affects around three in a hundred children every year.

The principle symptom is a barking cough which is often compared to the sound that a dog or a seal makes, accompanied by a hoarse voice, runny nose, a fever and difficulties breathing. Boys are more prone to the condition than girls, and it’s possible for kids to get the disease more than once.

Croup usually only lasts for a few days and though it can give rise to complications such as pneumonia or other breathing difficulties, in most cases it is easily dealt with and treatment may not be necessary. Because of the risk of these complications, you should make sure your child sees a doctor, even if the symptoms seem mild.

Most cases of croup are caused by a virus which spreads through coughs and sneezes, and can be also caught through handling things that an infected person has been in contact with. The mains symptoms of croup usually last for three to four days, but the cough may linger on. It used to be thought that breathing in steam could help treat the condition, but there’s no proper scientific evidence for this, and the heat from steam can be dangerous. The best thing to do for a child with croup is keep them well-hydrated, treat the fever with junior paracetamol, and keep them away from other kids so the infection doesn’t spread.

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I cant quite find the topic I need so please feel free to move my question to a more appropriate board. my 3 year old has had croup 4 times, he has large adenoids and are awaiting surgery to have these taken out along with tonsils and gromits put in. He has suffered chronic sleep problems since birth, tried various prescribed sedatives which made him hyper, we are now under a peadiatrition who has prescribed him melatonin of 4mg nightly which has improved his falling to sleep but he is still waking 6 times plus in sheer panic, very distressed to the point he cries so hard he's often sick. he's been diagnosed with sleep apnea although a sleep study measuring his sats came back satisfactory, is there any treatment or herbal remedies for night terrors? I (mum) have frequent nightmares still and used to sleep walk, but haven't done that for 6 years, I do frequently wake up and hallucinate, so like nightmares but know I'm awake.(I've had stillborn babies and often find myself stepping over dead babies to get to the bathroom in the night, they're obviously not there , just in my subconscious,) we have a 7 month old baby who isn't showing an symptoms of the same disorder that the 3 year old has, but we are desperate for sleep, I worry about the 3 year olds development and the effect on mine and my partners relationship. any advice????





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Is it best to have heating on or off in childs room while he has croup? he is 8 years old.





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My 6 year old son gets croup, he had it quite often as a baby and now even though he has it less frequent as he gets older, it is often very bad and needs hospital care. It happens in the night 99% of the time and I have tried the steam thing and we found it made it worse, now i ALWAYS wrap him up warm and take him outside to breathe the cool air. In doing this it has saved us many times from hospital and has also taken his mind off the 'attack' and calming him down(helps him stop panicing). I've been told he will grow out of it but luckily as he's grown older he recognises the signs and tells me before his croup gets quite bad. Basically, if your child suffers with croup, try this! Wrap them up warm and take them outside to breathe the cool air, it may or may not work but it is well worth trying it, i rely on it EVERYTIME now. We go out the garden looking for bugs, takes his mind right off it! Good luck everyone x x x





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My now 12 yr old has gotten croup every winter since birth except for the last 3 winters but this morning she developed sore throat runny nose hoarse voice and a 38.5 temp so i am thinking croup again would this be correct??





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hi i need some advice my baby is 7 months old, and has breathing difficulties. he chokes when he lies flat, he very tight chested and wheezie all the time, seems to get ocasional have panick atacks when he is coughing. and worst cases goes blue around the mouth. everybody i meet says he sounds like he has a bad chest infection. he has seen so many different dr in these 7 months, they all say the same he is eating and most of the time well in himself so they arn't worried. send me home, i have got an inhaler for him but it does nothing. i feel like im going crazy i cant sleep im up with him all the time incase he chokes. what can i do?? what is it? any advice would be great.





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i am always struggling to breath sometimes i have to take a deep breath when im lying or sitting on my bed i am worried but dont know what to do ..? any ideas? :)





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It happens to me too.. Probably add some of that Vicks on you. It helps me breathe when i'm in bed.

hi ......... i do alot of sports and when im playing football i seem to not be able to breath properly then i feel like i got blood in my throte but i dont and it hurts my chest . ............ do u know what it could be ? x





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my 4 year old son has been getting pneumonia at least three to four times a year since he was 1 year old is there any thing that could help pervent him from get it. He has a cold all year round and seem to be always poorly !!





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