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Croup

Occurring most often during the colder months, croup is a common condition in very young children. Causing swelling and narrowing in the windpipe, it can make breathing difficult for your child, leading to a scary but brief croup attack.
With its roots in the same viruses that cause the common cold, a flu vaccine may be the best form of prevention against croup. Easily spread from one child to the next, this condition is highly contagious.
Symptoms
Impatience
Impulsiveness
Marked talkativeness
Frequent fidgeting
Difficulty controlling emotions
Interrupts constantly
Easily distracted
Can’t follow instructions
Does not complete tasks
Forgetful & loses focus
Runny nose
Cough
Watery eyes
Swollen glands
Sore throat
Headache
Stomach – Upset tummy
Vomiting
Wheezing
Swelling of the throat
Anaphylactic shock
Frequent coughing
Wheezing or whistling sound when exhaling
Tightness of the chest
Shortness of breath
Sleep problems due to difficulty breathing
Delayed recovery following a respiratory infection
Avoidance of exercise
Runny nose
Sneezing
Fever
Cough
Wheezing
Laboured breathing
Noticeable rising of chest
Itchy, red rash on whole body
Raised bumps that become small fluid-filled blisters
Headache
Abdominal pain
Loss of appetite
Fever
Irritability and discomfort
Itchy, red rash on whole body
Congested or runny nose
Nasal discharge that starts out clear but becomes yellow or green
Possible ear pain
Sensitive eyes
Fussiness
Low-grade fever
Sneezing & coughing
Headache
Disruptions in sleeping patterns
Hacking cough
Sore throat
Raspy voice
Laboured breathing
Noise while inhaling
Treatments
Medicated nebulizer
Dose of inhaled, oral or injected
steroids
Remedies
Humidify the air
Inhale mist (in the shower)
Expose to 10 minutes of cool, night air
Zero exposure to smoke
Plenty of rest
Plenty of fluids
Drink chamomile tea
Massage to expel mucous
Risk
1
1 – Can be treated at home
2 – Medical attention is necessary
3 – Urgent medical assistance is necessary
Disclaimer:
As always, take your newborn, baby, toddler or older child to your doctor if symptoms are severe or worrying. Our guide is just that, a guide, and does NOT replace medical supervision.

 

 

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