Using techniques to help your child control symptoms of croup can help prevent the need to see a doctor at a clinic or emergency room. These techniques focus on keeping your child's airway open to make breathing easier.
A croup attack usually can be managed at home. To help manage your child's episode of croup:
If symptoms improve with these methods, put your child back in bed with the humidifier blowing nearby. Do not smoke, especially in the house. If the episode occurs during the middle of the night, it is a good idea to sleep in or near your child's room until morning.
It is important to keep your child well hydrated. Offer water, non-caffeinated drinks, flavoured ice treats (such as Popsicles), or crushed ice drinks several times each hour.
Your child may have recurrent attacks throughout the night. As long as symptoms improve with these methods, even briefly, your child should gradually feel better and you likely will not need immediate medical care.
But if at any time your child has severe difficulty breathing, call 911 or other emergency services immediately.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerJohn Pope, MD, MPH - PediatricsAnne C. Poinier, MD - Internal MedicineKathleen Romito, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerThomas Emmett Francoeur, MD, CSPQ, FRCPC - Pediatrics
Current as ofMay 4, 2017
Current as of: May 4, 2017
John Pope, MD, MPH - Pediatrics
& Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Thomas Emmett Francoeur, MD, CSPQ, FRCPC - Pediatrics
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