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by admin - December 13th, 2010.
Filed under: Anti-Psychotics.

A bark usually worse than its bite
Croup is a viral infection of the respiratory tract characterized by a hoarse cough (seal-like “bark”) that subsides during the day, and difficulty breathing — especially at night. In addition, there may be a low-grade fever, and hoarseness that may be preceded by a cold or mild upper-respiratory infection.
Because it usually occurs in children under 3 or 4 years of age, and often at night, croup can be an alarming experience for parents. Fortunately, croup can frequently be treated at home and symptoms generally improve within a week or so.
What you can do
open air passages for easier breathing
Expose the child to humidity. Bathroom steam is a good source of warm, moist air. Let the shower run with hot water, then bring the child into the bathroom with you. Shut the door and hold the child on your lap for several minutes in the steamy room.
Moisten the air with a cool-mist vaporizer. Cool-mist vaporizers eliminate the danger of scalding associated with vaporizers that heat water for steam.
Take your child into the cool night air.
If one of these approaches does not bring relief and the child is not worsening, try another approach.
monitor your child’s improvement
Croup is usually relieved with simple home remedies. A more serious, but less common illness with similar symptoms, called epiglottitis, does not respond to these self-care techniques. The child should receive medical attention immediately if epiglottitis is suspected. It is caused by a bacterial infection and generally affects children over 3 years old. Children with epiglottitis have extreme difficulty breathing. They drool and assume a characteristic position with their head tilted forward, chin jutted out, while gasping for air.
Repeated bouts of croup may be caused by an underlying bacterial infection or congenital malformation of the air passages. You can rest easier, however, knowing croup usually disappears by age 7, when the child’s air passages have matured.

Final notes
Due to the alarming cough and the late hour croup often strikes, many parents panic when faced with the child’s first case. Try to stay calm and
begin the self-care steps suggested under What You Can Do.

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