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This handout was written to answer some of the questions most often asked about croup.  Please feel free to ask your doctor or nurse practitioner to go over any information you do not understand.

What is croup?

Croup is a condition which:

  • is usually caused by a virus
  • often comes after an upper respiratory infection (cold)
  • happens most often during the colder seasons
  • happen most often during the second year of life and rarely after sixth year

What are the signs and symptoms of croup?

  1. a harsh or brassy cough (sounds like a barking seal)
  2. a loud noise when breathing in
  3. cough usually happens or is worse at night
  4. your child may wake up anxious or nervous;  this is because he or she is having trouble breathing
  5. symptoms may last for three or four days
  6. symptoms may get worse if the child is upset and crying

How should I care for my child at home?

You may try the following things to make your child feel more comfortable:

  1. Use a cool mist vaporizer.  If you do not own one of these, a hot steam vaporizer is okay.
    • If the child wakes up suddenly coughing or the symptoms get worse:
    • a. Take your child into a steamy bathroom for 10-15 minutes.  Do not put child in the bathtub
    • If the steam does not help, dress your child warmly and take him or her outside into the cool air for 10-15 minutes.  (If it is not cold outside, open the freezer door and allow child to breathe the cold air).
  2. If your child continues to have trouble breathing and treatment at home does not help, you should call your child’s doctor.  If you cannot reach your doctor take your child to the emergency room.

PDF: Child Health Information - CROUP

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Corregido: 1994, 1998, 2000
Revisado: 2002, 2004, 2007, 2010

The information contained in this handout is for general information only and should not be considered complete. For specific information about bathing your baby, please ask your doctor or nurse practitioner.

Additional information may be located in the Family Resource Center, 2nd floor, near the Outpatient Surgery Center. Hours of the center vary; please contact the Family Resource Center at 937-641-3700.

Copyright(c) The Children's Medical Center of Dayton. This material is for educational purposes only. It cannot be reproduced or distributed without permission from Dayton Children's.
Revised: 1994, 1998, 2000
Reviewed: 2002, 2004, 2007, 2010


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