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Instruction for Home Monitoring and Treatment of Croup

Donna M. Santer, M.D., Michael P. D'Alessandro, M.D.
Peer Review Status: Externally Peer Reviewed by Lauren D Holinger, MD, Robert J. Winter, MD and the AMA
Croup is a narrowing or swelling of the larynx - voice box - due to a viral infection. It occurs most commonly between the age of 1-4 years and is usually accompanied by signs of a cold and fever. The cough is harsh and sounds like a "barking seal." The voice is hoarse.

Ways to Handle a Croup Attack:

Signs of Increased Breathing Difficulty:
If you notice any of the following problems, contact your physician or the emergency room immediately: (Children's Memorial Hospital's emergency room instructions for home croup management.)

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