Disease information

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Infection, inflammation and swelling of the larynx (vocal cords) and surrounding tissue.

Laborious breathing and produces a noise "barking" characteristic with each inhalation or coughing.

Can be confused with epiglottitis, an emergency lethal.

It affects children younger than 6 years.


Croup may look terrible because the attacks often start at night and the child has difficulty breathing.

In most cases, is of little seriousness and the symptoms improved.

If the attacks happen during the day and are accompanied by fever, the disease is more serious.


Contagious infection by viruses (most often) or bacteria.

Signs and symptoms.

And barking cough and difficulty breathing, especially at night.

Discomfort and pain in chest or throat.

Risk Factors.



To prevent repeat attacks, with a vaporizer in place beside the children's bed several nights after the first attack.

If the croup is a recurring problem in your family, should incorporate a humidifier to the heating and air conditioning in your house.

Diagnosis and Treatment.


History and physical examination by a doctor.

Sometimes the doctor will explore the merits of the child's throat to rule out a epiglottitis.

Raxos X's chest.


General Measures.

Stay calm. The anxiety increases the child's breathing difficulties.

Take the child to the bathroom and shut the door.

Fully open the hot water faucet in the sink and bathtub to saturate the air with moisture.

Open windows to enter the fresh air.

Wait 10 minutes to steam the fresh air and relieve the symptoms.

If severe symptoms do not improve after 10 minutes, take the child to an emergency hospital nearby.

Stay in the bathroom until they are ready to go. Do not be afraid to take the child to the cold - air could help you breathe.

If breathing improvement in 10 minutes, call or go to the doctor without leaving the child.

While waiting for you, use a vaporizer in the room.

Keep your child comfortable at half sitting position.

Use television or radio or a story to distract and relax.

If breathing returns to worsen, bring back the child in the bathroom with steam.

After the attack, keep the vaporizer in the fourth child for several nights, even though the child appears to be fine.

The attacks are often repeated over several nights.


If the croup is caused by a bacterial infection, the doctor may prescribe antibiotics.

However, most cases are caused by viruses and antibiotics are ineffective.


The child must reduce its activities and rest while during the attacks.

Do not let that play out if it's cold at night because that could provoke further attacks (although the fresh air helps reduce the symptoms during an attack)


Croup usually depress the appetite.

You must take small amounts of liquid frequently, such as water, tea, juices or soft drinks milk (NOT)

The cough can cause vomiting, so that the child should not take solid foods during an attack.

Call the doctor if.

Your child has trouble breathing and could not swallow the saliva or water. Go to an emergency hospital near you. It's an emergency!

The rate of respiration increases to 80 breaths per minute.

There are breathlessness and the retraction (tilt the neck and chest with each inhalation) is pronounced.

Fingernails or lips are blue or dark.

The mild symptoms do not improve with 30 to 60 minutes of treatment involving the use of sprays.


Obstruction of air routes and death (rare)

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